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KEYWORD "Wales" - 346 RESULTS
Politicians Beware! Landlords could decide General Election

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

03 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Franchise group hikes charges to landlords by 10% because of fees ban

The Property Franchise Group has issued an upbeat trading statement indicating that it’s mitigated much of the financial impact of the...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord confidence still rock bottom according to yet another survey

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

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban, Licensing and HMOs: many agents fear they’re breaking the law

Just over a fifth of lettings agents questioned in a major industry survey are concerned that may not be complying with...

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: Welsh Government to clarify default payments

The Welsh Government says it’s going to issue clarifications to some issues before the end of this year; if agreed by...

13 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Confidence in lettings sector plummets to all-time low amongst landlords

Landlords’ confidence in their lettings business has slumped to an all-time low, according to research by the National Landlords Association. In a...

12 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide's veteran lettings supremo leaves at end of fees ban work

Countrywide has issued an unusual statement saying that the veteran lettings expert recruited to steer the organisation through the tenant fee...

08 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Market snapshot: Voids reducing slightly, but rents dipping too

The latest rental index from PropTech firm Goodlord shows some regions enjoying lower void periods with others slower to stabilise.  Specifically, the...

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Yet more reforms for rental sector to be debated at conference

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

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Tax perks demanded for landlords who use deposit alternatives

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

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Cannabis alert for private rental sector as electricity thefts surge

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

17 October 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Average GB rent almost exactly £1,000 pcm says Countrywide

Countrywide’s monthly rental index - based on achieved rather than advertised rents on newly let properties - says the average rent...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Void periods on the rise as market slumps in September

A rental market slump in September has led to a rise in average void periods across many parts of England and...

03 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Call for industry to crowdfund appeal at heart of eviction debate

A prominent trade body is urging its members and the wider industry to back a crowdfunding exercise to pay for a...

27 September 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed - how the rental market puts women at a disadvantage

New research has thrown light for the first time on the gap between the rental affordability of male and female workers...

20 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Success for safeagent training course as it wins High Assurance award

safeagent’s Rent Smart Wales training course has been given the scheme’s top ‘High Assurance’ rating following its latest audit. Rent Smart Wales,...

20 September 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

That’s grand: Countrywide says average new rent nears £1,000 pcm

Data from Countrywide estate agents analysed by Hamptons International reveals that the average rent of a newly-let property in the UK...

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed - areas where tenants pay highest proportion of salary in rent

A lettings platform has analysed the current average annual rental cost of different parts of the UK and how that relates...

05 September 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 August 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Stand by for fees ban confusion - trade bodies speak out

The Association of Residential Letting Agents and the National Landlords Association have spoken out about the complexity of the fees ban...

27 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Long-standing agency to focus only on lettings as it quits sales sector

A long-established agency in Wales says it’s shutting the sales side of its business and going to focus solely on lettings...

20 August 2019

From: Breaking News

New housing court in England and Wales 'should follow Scots model'

A new property court similar to the Scottish system should be established in England and Wales to deal with the proposed...

16 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Expelled! Six lettings agencies kicked out by Ombudsman

The Property Ombudsman has announced a slew of expulsions after six agents failed to comply with redress rules. They failed to abide...

12 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Average rents fall across much of the country, says latest index

Average rents dropped in five of the eight UK regions monitored by property technology company Goodlord. The biggest drop was recorded in...

09 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent become first in Wales to scrap fees levied on tenants

A Cardiff lettings agent claims to have become the first in Wales to stop charging fees to new and existing tenants. CPS...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

ARLA fees ban roadshows begin tomorrow in Wales

With less than four weeks to go to the start date of the Welsh Tenant Fees ban, the Association of Residential...

06 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Latest Build To Rent scheme will be the country’s largest yet

Legal & General has exchanged contracts to complete the largest privately funded development in Wales, Cardiff Central Square, which will include...

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Tory says government “war on landlords” will make housing crisis worse

An outspoken Conservative party figure says government policies such as the scrapping of Section 21 will play into the hands of...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental growth at three year high according to Countrywide

Rental growth continues to accelerate, reaching the highest level since April 2016 according to data from Hamptons International, part of Countrywide.   The...

24 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Latest consultation begins on so-called ‘no fault evictions’

The Welsh Government has started a formal consultation on proposals that include extending the minimum notice period applicable to a section...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Government slated by Tory MP and agency chief over Sections 21 and 24

The chairman of Hunters estate agency, who is also a Conservative MP, has hit out at the government over its handling...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: plans to introduce 'scandalous' 12-month tenancy contracts

The Welsh government is planning to make changes to the notice period for eviction which would see tenants given 12-month contracts...

09 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents soar across the country, but falter in London and South East

Average rents performed strongly across many parts of the country last month, but floundered in London and the South East. Goodlord's Rental...

05 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Yields stable as rental market settles down for summer

There has been no change to rental yields across the UK over the past month as the lettings market settles down...

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Over 50 agents found charging fees - but are they acting illegally?

A BBC investigation of 52 lettings agents has found that two thirds were levying charges on tenants, but it is uncertain...

01 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants pay up to 83% of their salary in rent, claims online firm

An average of 34 per cent of a tenant’s typical salary is spent on rent across the UK, according to an...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Disaster for buy to let investors if Berlin-style rent freeze happens

New research shows that some buy to let investors in London could typically lose over £19,000 a year if Berlin-style rent...

19 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Shelter’s selective use of statistics attacked by lettings group

A call by Shelter for England to adopt Scotland’s model of indefinite tenancies in the private rented sector has been attacked...

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Average rent for new lets is almost £1,000 pcm - Countrywide

The average cost of a new let in Great Britain has risen to £977 per calendar month.  That’s a 2.6 per cent...

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide claims big surge in over-50s who now privately rent

New figures out this morning show that the over-50s are becoming a larger part of the rental market.  So far this year...

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit alternative service announces link with landlords’ trade body

The Residential Landlords Association has entered into a partnership with deposit alternative service Zero Deposit. The RLA says the service will be...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Many agents regard tenants as just ‘cash cows’ claims property chief

A lettings agency chief in Scotland says the upcoming ban on agents levying fees on tenants - to be introduced in...

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents: Wide variations between regions but small rises in most areas

The latest Your Move lettings index for England and Wales shows the average rent stagnating - rising just 0.5 per cent...

22 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: agents must prepare immediately, trade body urges

ARLA Propertymark is urging agents across England and Wales to ensure they have every preparation in place for the arrival of...

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Good news: more deposit disputes settled by agreement, not adjudication

Not-for-profit operator Tenancy Deposit Scheme says early intervention between landlords and tenants across the UK is resulting in many more deposit...

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords selling up made average gain of £80,000 in 2018

The typical landlord who sold a rental property in England and Wales made a gross gain of £79,770 before tax last...

13 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Stagnant London market weighs down on national rental growth

A slow rental market in London is weighing down on growth across the rest of the UK, according to the latest...

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Average void period now only three weeks across much of the country

New data from Proptech firm Goodlord suggests that the average void period for England and Wales is just 21 days. The longest...

07 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let back in favour three years after SDLT surcharge, says agent

Three years after the introduction of the second homes stamp duty surcharge, landlords are “beginning to come to terms with the...

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents stagnate across England and Wales, agency index reveals

Rents across England and Wales have not moved in the last 12 months, according to Your Move.  The agency says the typical...

29 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Overseas student demand strengthening despite Brexit uncertainty

Student demand for places across the UK - and therefore for accommodation - is holding up well despite Brexit uncertainty, according...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 long overdue admits lettings chief

The head of a major property management firm says the controversial proposal to scrap Section 21 eviction powers for landlords is...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21 evictions set to be axed to create ‘indefinite tenancies’

The government says it wants to ban outright Section 21 'no fault' eviction powers in England and Wales. Instead landlords seeking to evict...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents now at their lowest level for three years says DPS

Average monthly UK rent is now at its lowest level for three years according to the Deposit Protection Service. Average rent fell...

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Double whammy for buy to let as rents stagnate and taxes rise

Buy to let investors are facing a double whammy as stagnating rents and reduced tax relief are hitting profitability. A study from...

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Meagre fine despite HMO having no working alarms or fire doors

The owner of a buy to let HMO has been found guilty of six offences but has received a fine of...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban coming into effect on September 1 in Wales

It’s been revealed that the Welsh version of the Tenants Fees ban will come into effect on September 1. “Agents need to...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Worst regions for voids and affordability revealed by market snapshot

The latest lettings sector index suggests that monthly rents increased from February to March in six of the eight regions of...

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Big boost for deposit alternatives as tenants back new schemes

There’s been a big boost to the movement towards deposit alternatives in the private rental sector following a survey released this...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Think buy to let taxes are bad? They're even worse in Scotland...

A leading accountancy firm has analysed buy to let taxation policies north and south of the border and claims that from...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban now definite in Wales too - from the autumn

The Renting Homes (Fees etc) (Wales) Bill passed its final hurdle in the Welsh Assembly yesterday evening. This has similar policies to...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents almost stagnating - they've risen just 0.4% in a year

The average rent across England and Wales in February was a mere 0.4 per cent higher than the same point a...

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Rent rises still well below inflation, government figures show

Rent rises in the year to the end of February, as released by the government’s Office of National Statistics, show growth...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit protection training on offer for lettings agents from TDS

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme has launched a series of events to educate letting agents and landlords on deposit protection. Starting next month...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Ker-ching! Councils cash in as revenue soars from licensing schemes

The implementation and costs of landlord licensing schemes in Britain are a lottery. That’s the conclusion of a new analysis of licensing...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Cash is king for London buy to let as mortgage access tightens

The proportion of landlords purchasing buy to let homes in London with cash rose from 33 per cent in 2017 to...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New joiners take deposit alternative scheme's tally to 1,300 offices

Numerous regional independent agency chains have joined Zero Deposit, one of several rental deposit replacement schemes to have appeared in recent...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Stop the excuses! Lack of enforcement by councils blasted by trade body

A leading trade body says the argument that councils have insufficient powers to tackle rogue operators isn’t supported by the facts...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

What do tenants want? Parking and pets top the list of 'must haves'

New research from Zoopla suggests that parking sits firmly at the top of requirements for renters - but with pet-friendly facilities...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New index measures rents, voids, tenancy length for England & Wales

A new index for the lettings sector in England and Wales by PropTech company Goodlord gives a clean bill of health...

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Gap between renting and buying at its lowest level for nine years

The gap between the cost of buying and renting is down 59 per cent to its lowest level in nine years...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Another independent agency bites the dust as lettings sector consolidates

North Wales agency Dafydd Hardy has snapped up small independent Smith & Wypler as part of a new growth strategy.  Smith &...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings supplier teclet continues ESTAS category sponsorship

PropTech company teclet has announced it will this year once again be a main category partner at The ESTAS estate and...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Sunday Times ‘top 100 firms’ award for TDS

The Dispute Service, which operates the Tenancy Deposit Scheme, has been ranked among the Sunday Times’ 100 best not-for-profit companies to...

22 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents have role in improving support for tenants with mental health issues

New research on private renting and mental health in Wales has concluded that more support is required.  The research was undertaken for...

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

March date for next Fees Ban debate by Welsh parliament

March 19 has been set as the next date for the Welsh equivalent of the Tenant Fees Ban Bill to be...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Stable rents show that buy to let is still sound, says leading agent

Latest official figures show that private rental prices paid by tenants in the UK rose by 1.0 per cent in the...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech can help prevent fraud – here’s how

Sometimes, running a lettings agency can feel as if you’re losing control of client money. Recent cases of property management fraud such...

07 February 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Fees Ban given green light by 'independent assessment' body

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

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Support for Fees Ban from lettings experts: 'it is positive, not negative'

Almost the entire lettings industry has viewed the upcoming ban on tenants fees levied by agents in England and Wales as...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Average rents up 1.8% across England and Wales in 2018

The latest rental market snapshot from YourMove suggests that typical rents rose 1.8 per cent across England and Wales in the...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Outrage at Labour bid to introduce rent controls in London

There’s been an angry reaction to the suggestion that London’s Labour mayor, Sadiq Khan, is seeking to introduce rent controls in...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Good news for tenants as rents have dropped in the past year

Renting became more affordable in 2018 thanks to a combination of a once-in-a-decade fall in annual rents and wage inflation, according...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Tiny rent increases over the past year, reports new research consultancy

Rents have risen over the past year but at a very low level according to new property consultancy Apropos.  Across Britain as...

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit may have cost London buy to let investors £1,800 each - claim

Landlords in London are possibly £1,806 worse off since the vote to leave the EU in June 2016, according to specialist...

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Best yields and buy to let rents? Head to the North of England...

The latest market snapshot from LSL Property Services once again shows that buy to let investors in northern regions have enjoyed...

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Stuck renting forever: more tenants say deposits stop them buying

Most tenants believe they will never be able to own a home because of the burden of saving for a deposit...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Big rise in rental deposit numbers according to leading provider

Deposit protection provider The Dispute Service says it has seen a big rise in the number of deposits it protects in...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit uncertainty fuels more rental demand, says lettings agency

Continued political and economic uncertainty is likely to fuel increased tenant demand in the private rented sector, says Haart.  The company’s latest...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed: where to find the highest buy to let rental yields

Research released this morning reveals that university cities offer some of the highest buy to let yields in the country. The Free...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Incentives possible for private rental sector 'to house those most in need'

The private rental sector in Wales could be offered incentives and other support to house those most in need, the Welsh...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Licensing: councils slammed for failing to police their own schemes

Two thirds of local authorities in England and Wales brought no prosecutions against private landlords in 2017/18 according to research by the...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

National rental market stable as Christmas lull approaches

Rents are rising very gently across almost all of England and Wales with only London and East Anglia showing falls in...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Bastard landlords - the term used by a government minister

A government minister says the phrase ”rogue landlord” is too “cuddly” and he wants buy to let investors who broke the...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Bill giving tenants right to sue is set to take a step forward today

Today sees the Second Reading in the House of the Lords for the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill, promoted by...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Warning - landlords will quit as rent stagnation squeezes profits

More landlords will leave the private rented sector in the next year as annual rental price growth has been flat or...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Shelter on the warpath again over default fees

Shelter is campaigning for the outlawing if default fees levied on tenants by agents in Wales. While the campaigning group welcomes the Renting...

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Why do more people rent? Because stock is better than before...

One of the country’s leading buy to let experts has given her reasoning behind the surge in the number of people...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Yet more buy to let expense as EPC rules tightened by government

Buy to let investors in England and Wales who own particularly cold homes are being targeted by new regulations. Since April this...

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

New warning to agents to fit and check carbon monoxide alarms

A warning has gone out to the lettings sector to check that rental properties are ‘Gas Safe’ as the colder weather...

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent Repayment Order issued - £4,000 in rent to be handed back

A landlord had been ordered to give back almost £4,000 that was paid to him while operating without a licence. The case...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Big regional variations in buy to let yields says latest survey

An online estate agency specialising in the sale of tenanted buy to let units has produced a league table of regional...

25 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents up across England and Wales - except for one region

Just one region of England and Wales saw rents fall in the year to September 2018, according to the latest Your...

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Council lettings agency loses £53,000 a year managing just 25 homes

A council-run lettings agency looks likely to be scrapped after it apparently lost some £53,000 - even though it manages only...

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

To Let boards restricted in size, number and location by local council

A city council has introduced highly specific guidelines as to the number, size and positioning of To Let boards following apparent...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

UK rents rising - but should buy to let investors consider Ireland?

With an average rental return of 7.69 per cent Ireland has been named as the top location in Europe for buy to...

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Two thirds of Britain ‘unaffordable to young renters’ claims BBC

A salary of £51,200 a year is required to rent a one bedroom home in London according to research conducted by...

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Your Move chief boasts of higher yields than most of England and Wales

The latest rental figures produced by Your Move for Scotland have prompted a claim that the country now has better yields...

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour to scrap S21 and match Tory pledges on fees and tenancies

Labour has outlined its proposals for the private rental sector if it gains power at the next General Election - and...

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

'Tenants carry burden of landlords quitting buy to let' warning

Latest government figures show that private rents paid by tenants in Great Britain rose by 0.9 per cent in the 12...

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

'Suspend Right To Rent' call as Home Office reconvenes industry panel

The Home Office is to reconvene its private rental sector stakeholder panel on Right to Rent. This follows a controversial period for...

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents broadly steady according to HomeLet and Hamptons data

HomeLet says the average rent in the UK is now £947, up 0.9 per cent on last year - or up...

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents have merely kept pace with RPI over past five years - Allsop

Rent rises in the private rental sector have merely tracked inflation and the Retail Price Index over the past five years...

13 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental growth slows - but 10 areas identified as bucking the trend

Rents in the UK, excluding London, are still increasing but at their slowest rate for five years. Figures from specialist lender Landbay...

06 August 2018

From: Breaking News

London lettings cool as the North sees best yields, reports agency

The latest Your Move rental tracker suggests that London’s lettings market has continued to cool with prices falling by 0.5 per...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

More big fines handed out in latest licensing legal actions

More big fines have been handed out in recent legal action regarding buy to let investors who have not stuck by...

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed - latest list of high-return buy to let locations

The latest LendInvest buy to let report, which ranks 105 postcode areas around England and Wales based on a combination of...

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Average eviction now takes 17 weeks according to new analysis

A new analysis reveals that it takes an average of 118 days for court-appointed bailiffs to remove tenants from private homes...

17 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Typical UK monthly rent up only £16 in the past year says HomeLet

Average UK rents have risen 1.8 per cent in the last year, equating to a typical £16 monthly hike. That’s the view...

12 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Tory activist rounds on government over three year tenancies

A Tory activist has made an outspoken attack on the government’s policies towards the private rental sector on the pages of...

09 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Yield of Dreams: research reveals the highest buy to let returns

A new analysis of rental yields across all of the UK’s local authorities has revealed exactly where the best places are for...

29 June 2018

From: Breaking News

New training course for agents in England unveiled by NALS

The National Approved Letting Scheme has unveiled a new specialist training course for letting agents. The NALS Level 3 Award in Letting...

29 June 2018

From: Breaking News

How outsourcing could save your lettings business

Outsourcing has long been an effective strategy in business. It enables you to provide a new, improved or more streamlined service...

14 June 2018

From: Sponsored Content

It won't work - industry hits out at latest fees ban proposal

The lettings industry has hit out at the Welsh Government’s proposals to ban agents’ fees levied on tenants. A Bill was put...

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban gets closer in Wales - but it will still take many months

A Bill which is likely to end up banning letting agents’ fees levied on tenants in Wales has been introduced into...

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban - landlords to be hit most, Scottish experience suggests

A major Scottish property management firm says agents and landlords south of the border should prepare now for the likely agency...

31 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenant arrears are creeping up again, latest data shows

Data from Your Move's England and Wales Rental Tracker shows that the number of tenants in arrears increased for the fourth...

25 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let purchases on the rise in London

Specialist mortgage broker Commercial Trust says there was an increase in buy to let purchase activity in London during the first...

11 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Confidence in buy to let sector remains stable despite recent upheavals

Buy to let sector confidence across a range of measures remained stable or increased in the first quarter of 2018 compared...

04 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants have worked all year so far just to pay rent, claims BBC

Private rental sector tenants have spent the year so far working only to pay for their accommodation, the BBC claims.  The broadcaster...

01 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Average rents across Britain up 1.7% in a year says Countrywide

The average cost of a new let reached £951 per month in Great Britain in March - that’s up 1.7 per...

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty figures show massive reliance on buy to let purchases

Some 43 per cent of all stamp duty comes from buy to let investors and holiday home purchasers - and almost...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the 10 best (and worst) performing locations for buy to let

Specialist buy to let lender LendInvest has looked at 105 postcodes across England and Wales to find the best (and worst)...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Deposits mean tenants 'miss out on £80m in interest' - claim

Academic research suggests tenants in England and Wales are missing out on £80m of interest to tenancy deposit schemes every single...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

300,000 buy to lets could be caught in energy switch, Which? warns

The consumer group Which? says the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards starting next weekend could affect 300,000 buy to let properties.  From...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Mandatory Client Money Protection ‘could come in next month’

One of the client money protection schemes operating in the lettings sector says he believes agents and property managers could be...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body unveils seven-point plan for future of private renting

The National Landlords Association has revealed a seven-point plan which would allow the Welsh Government greater powers over the private rental...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agents' fees ban looks set to be implemented soon in Wales

The Welsh Government’s housing minister has tweeted that the results of a formal consultation process on a ban on agents’ fees...

01 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings market picking up momentum after annual lull

The UK lettings market has enjoyed a 'robust' start to 2018, according to the latest Agency Express Property Activity Index. The number...

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Champion of strict rental sector controls faces Momentum challenge

It is being reported that the Labour mayor of Newham council - that’s the authority which has introduced stricter controls on...

15 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Crackdown continues on 'self managing landlords' in Wales

Landlords in Wales who manage their own properties are being reminded that they must submit their licence application to Rent Smart...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Sex for Rent: TV programme exposes 'alternative payments' sleaze

A TV news programme has exposed how a sleazy male landlord - who presumably did not instruct a letting agent -...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

MPs to hear evidence on fees ban from ARLA, NALS and others today

The select committee monitoring the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government will continue its deliberations today on the government’s ban...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent Smart Wales issues 185 fixed penalty notices and 15 prosecutions

Rent Smart Wales says it is “heartening” that there has been a substantial recent rise in the number of agents, properties...

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Another index suggests rents rose only modestly in 2017

The average rent in England and Wales was £850 in December 2017, an increase of 2.3 per cent in the last...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents in the UK rose 1.7 per cent in 2017 says HomeLet

The average rent agreed on a new tenancy signed in December was £907 according to the insurance firm HomeLet, compared to...

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Official figures show rents rising at slowest rate for six years

Private rental prices paid by tenants in Great Britain rose by 1.2 per cent in the 12 months to December according...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Latest conviction under controversial Rent Smart Wales regime

There has been another prosecution under the controversial Rent Smart Wales regulations - although this time the landlord in question was...

19 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let slowdown may threaten house prices - claim

A pullback in the buy to let market is threatening to reduce sale prices further in London and parts of the...

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents up in most regions but yields down compared to a year ago

Rental prices in most areas of England and Wales have grown over the past 12 months with the East of England...

27 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Budget: Stamp Duty reform, More new homes, possible longer tenancies

Stamp duty reform for first time buyers has taken pride of place in the Budget speech of Chancellor Phillip Hammond.   From today,...

22 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rent Smart Wales prosecutes letting agent and self-managing landlord

Rent Smart Wales, the licensing and training regime which is now a year old, has taken an agent and a landlord...

21 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental yields - London and SE fail to break into top 25 postcodes

A survey has been undertaken of the top 25 UK postcodes in terms of yields for investors - and London and...

17 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Council sets up lettings agency - and pays landlords £1,200 to join

A Welsh local authority is offering a cash payment of up to £1,200 to landlords who join a quasi-letting agency run...

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Connells company acquires agency handling 800 lettings properties

Wales’ largest agency, Peter Alan, has acquired Roberts & Co Property Management Limited, a Newport company that manages 800 units.  The acquisition...

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

London rents slip back as Midlands and Wales see strongest growth

The annual rate of rental growth slowed between September and October according to Countrywide. The cost of the average new let in...

13 November 2017

From: Breaking News

London's rental market to outperform sales long-term, says Savills

Rental growth is forecast to exceed house price growth in London, despite a glut of properties on the lettings market in...

03 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Cabinet minister urges UK-wide action against lettings agents' fees

The Secretary of State for Wales has called on the Welsh Government to take measures against what he calls “unjust fees...

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Consultation launched on 'Fitness for Human Habitation' rental rules

The Welsh Government has launched a consultation on draft regulations and guidance to implement the Fitness for Human Habitation requirements for...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Welsh private rental sector may contract next year, warns trade body

The private rental sector in Wales is at risk of contracting next year, warns the Residential Landlords’ Association.   RLA Wales policy officer...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

MEES fundamentally flawed for heritage properties, claims group

The CLA says the energy efficiency regulations for the lettings sector coming into effect in April are “fundamentally flawed” when it...

11 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Another consumer group urges ban on agents' fees on tenants

Pressure from the consumer lobby is building for the introduction of a ban on letting agents’ fees levied on tenants -...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents still slowly rising according to latest Your Move data

Latest data from Your Move’s rental indices suggest that rents are growing, with the average in England and Wales now £904,...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents told they can minimise impact of fees ban - if they act now

Letting agents are being warned that they can minimise the impact of the fees ban levied on tenants by being proactive...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Labour wants councils to have more powers over private rental sector

Labour's housing spokesman has called on the government to give councils greater powers over the regulation of the private rental sector.   In...

20 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban confirmed - and you can calculate how much it'll cost you

Housing minister Alok Sharma has once again confirmed that the ban on lettings’ agents fees levied on tenants in England will...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing minister rules out rent controls for rest of this parliament

Housing minister Alok Sharma has told a major residential conference that rent controls will definitely not be a policy of the...

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees ban: agents can offset losses by streamlining processes

Letting agents across the UK must prepare now for a ban on fees charged to tenants says a PropTech company -...

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agent removes website claim after advertising watchdog intervenes

Bob Parry Lettings, a north Wales agency, has removed a claim from its website concerning a plot of land, following a...

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Modern rent collection systems could net agents thousands - claim

Agents who review and modernise their rent collection procedures could claim back thousands of pounds in rent, an automated payments platform...

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Part 3: Free photography course for letting agents (until 25th September)

Over the past few months, hundreds of agents across the UK have been improving their photography skills by taking part in...

01 September 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Shrinking lettings supply pushes up rents, says Your Move

Your Move says a shrinking supply of properties, in part created by government measures against the lettings sector, has led to...

31 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Over 145 rules and laws for lettings sector - yet enforcement 'limited'

A new report identifies in detail over 145 laws and regulations governing the private rental sector, varying across the four countries...

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Equity release product launched specifically for buy to let investors

Equity release specialist Retirement Advantage has launched a range of products specifically for owners of Buy To Let properties.    These products will...

24 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Average tenancy in UK is now 20 months - and many are longer

The average UK private rental tenancy is now 20 months, almost a fifth longer than in 2014 according to research from...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Council working with HMRC to expose tax-evading private landlords

A council claims that up to 13,000 private landlords are “of interest” to HM Revenue and Customs, where there are alleged...

15 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Part 2: Free photography course for letting agents (until 21st August)

Let’s start with a quick fire quiz. How many more leads do you think you’d get with photos that have been...

01 August 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Sharma told that London licensing proposal is his 'first big test'

Beleagured housing minister Alok Sharma has been told by a London council that his decision over an application for a borough-wide...

20 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Average rents up 1.8% in past year, say official government figures

The typical rent paid by tenants across Britain rose by an average of 1.8 per cent in the 12 months to...

19 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Private rental growth 'not driven by foreign investors' says Countrywide

Countrywide says the rapid growth in the size of the private rental sector in recent years is not down to a...

17 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Another court case over controversial Rent Smart Wales regulations

A buy to let investor who ignored the controversial Rent Smart Wales scheme faces a bill of more than £3,500 for...

17 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Welsh Government offers free cladding tests for private rental sector

The BBC is reporting that the Welsh government is offering private buy to let investors who have properties in high-rise buildings...

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Free photography course for estate agents pt 1

**The free photography course for estate agents (part one) offer has now expired. It is still available in special circumstances so...

03 July 2017

From: Sponsored Content

London rents have dropped 5.0 per cent in the past year

London rents have fallen by an average 5.0 per cent in the past year according to new data released by Your...

30 June 2017

From: Breaking News

New help for expat buy to let investors facing UK tax changes

Skipton International has launched a guide to help expat buy to let investors trying to make sense of the UK government’s...

30 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Website claims 11.6% drop in available letting stock since 2011

The UK rental market has seen a slump of 11.6 per cent in available stock over the last six years, according...

22 June 2017

From: Breaking News

BTL index: Nothing to choose between Tory and Labour-voting regions

The top ten buy-to-let postcodes in England and Wales are evenly split between locations that voted for the Conservatives or Labour. Luton...

16 June 2017

From: Breaking News

'Retired tenants spending record sums on rent' - Countrywide

Retired tenants are becoming a larger part of the rental market, according to the UK's largest letting agency. Countrywide reports that pensioners...

12 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent legal challenge nears funding target

A crowdfunding campaign for a legal challenge against the rollout of the Right to Rent scheme is nearing its funding target. With...

12 June 2017

From: Breaking News

First court case and penalties emerge from Rent Smart Wales

A Newport landlord has been fined £4,400 for operating a dangerous, unlicensed house in multiple occupation and failing to comply with...

01 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Average tenancy deposit approaching landmark £1,000 figure

The average tenancy deposit for England and Wales is just below £1,000 according to the Deposit Protection Service’s figures for the...

31 May 2017

From: Breaking News

NALS launches new online course and wins new accreditation

The National Approved Letting Scheme has launched a new course which it describes as “ground-breaking” and which allows candidates to become...

26 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Charity crowdfunding for legal challenge against Right to Rent rollout

Immigration charity Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) has this week launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for...

17 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents and landlords could be operating illegally after law change

Agents and landlords with properties in Wales have been reminded they could be breaking the law if they're not signed up to...

16 May 2017

From: Breaking News

'Simplify lettings laws and enforce them better' urges buy to let expert

A buy to let expert says there should be stronger enforcement and streamlining of legislation in the private rental sector. In a...

10 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Brexit drop in EU student numbers 'significant impact on rentals'

A seven per cent fall in the number of EU students seeking places at UK universities, matched with a 4.3 per...

10 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Average monthly rent in England and Wales hits £800

The average rent in England and Wales is now £800 per month according to latest statistics from Your Move.   The area with...

28 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Councils want 'tiny' flats banned and jail for rogue landlords

A body representing 370 councils in England and Wales wants the government to close a legal loophole which allows the conversion...

12 April 2017

From: Breaking News

DPS celebrates 10 years of custodial deposit protection

Custodial deposit protection was introduced 10 years ago this week and the Deposit Protection Service has been marking the anniversary. Custodial protection...

07 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents targeted by fraudulent email scammers

Mydeposits says it is aware of a new scam from what it calls “a fraudulent company” imitating mydeposits and getting in...

21 March 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA and landlord body push for meeting over agents' fees ban

ARLA Propertymark and the Residential Landlords Association have written to the Welsh Government seeking a meeting to discuss a possible ban...

20 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents must encourage landlords to check EPC ratings

As the introduction of new energy efficiency regulations moves closer, landlords are being urged to check the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)...

07 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: ARLA outlines concerns ahead of UK roll-out

ARLA Propertymark representatives have met with Home Office officials in Cardiff and Edinburgh ahead of the government’s roll-out of Right To...

06 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Major letting agency warns: tax changes will push up rents

Belvoir says new figures from across its network of agents shows that the government is wrong to claim that renting is...

03 March 2017

From: Breaking News

'Buy For Uni' mortgage aims to boost student landlords

The Loughborough Building Society is launching a Buy For Uni mortgage product seeking to encourage students to buy a home -...

01 March 2017

From: Breaking News

East of England leads strong regional growth in rents

New figures from Your Move suggest the rental market performed strongly across England and Wales, with rents rising in eight of...

24 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Average rent in England and Wales is £811 says Your Move

Average rents ended 2016 higher than they started it according to figures from Your Move relating to England and Wales.   The average...

09 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: housing chief says it's not good enough

A damning critique of the one-year-old Right To Rent legislation in England suggests that the government is largely unaware of its...

02 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Average rental deposit nears £1,000 - but London tops £1,800

The average tenancy deposit for England and Wales is just below £1,000 - but London’s typical deposit is now at its...

01 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings franchise acquires 130-strong property portfolio

Belvoir Cardiff has completed the acquisition of a management portfolio of 130 rental properties. The purchase of all properties managed by Letwise...

24 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade group warns politicians over new tax powers

The Residential Landlords Association says new tax powers devolving to the Welsh Assembly should involve exemptions when it comes to the...

20 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Regional rent rises: 6.4% was highest in the UK in 2016

Northern Ireland, where rents were 6.4 per cent higher in December than in the same month of 2015, saw the strongest...

11 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Average rent outside London now hits £750 per month

  The average rent paid for a home in the UK outside London hit £750 in December, rising by 2.04 per cent...

10 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Bid to ban letting agents' fees on tenants in another part of the UK

Letting agents’ fees levied on tenants - already banned in Scotland and now likely to be banned in England according to...

09 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Average rent hits £830 pcm in England and Wales, says letting agency

The average rental property was let for £830 a month in November according to Your Move - that means the average...

30 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let sales collapse 64 per cent in 12 months, claims agency

The number of buy to let transactions across England and Wales has fallen 8.2 per cent in one month and is down an...

09 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Private rental arrears less than half the rate of owner-occupiers

The proportion of private landlords in arrears is substantially under half the proportion of owner occupiers in the same position according...

01 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Fees ban: here's a calculation of how much it might cost landlords

City investment consultancy Jefferies has calculated the impact on landlords if the country’s second largest agency group - LSL Property Services...

30 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Rental licence operators threaten 'sensible, proportionate' enforcement

The controversial Welsh private lettings sector scheme called Rent Smart Wales had around 65 per cent of agents and landlords register...

28 November 2016

From: Breaking News

It's here - controversial scheme requiring letting agents to be trained

Rent Smart Wales, a controversial scheme that require letting agents to be trained, comes into effect today after a troubled lead...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

British nationals without a passport face Right To Rent difficulties

Right To Rent legislation means British nationals without a passport face difficulties according to the Residential Landlords’ Association.    According to its latest...

16 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Claims to repossess private rental properties down 21% in two years

Data from the Ministry of Justice suggests the number of claims made by private sector landlords to repossess a property has...

11 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Rent Smart Wales is 'unenforceable fiasco' claims trade group

The Residential Landlords Association has roasted the enforcement policies and provisions for the controversial Rent Smart Wales initiative which begins in...

10 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Cheaper to rent than buy in 84% of the UK

Credit rating consultancy Experian says it is cheaper to rent than buy in 84 per cent of areas, while it's cheaper...

08 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Two weeks to go - agents MUST register for Rent Smart Wales, warns ARLA

Only just over two weeks remain for letting agents and landlords operating in Wales to register with the Rent Smart Wales...

08 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Freehold properties becoming rare in some parts of cities

A plentiful supply of freehold properties in our cities may become a thing of the past as urban areas become increasingly...

04 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Official figures show rents in Britain rose an average 2.3% in a year

Government figures from the Office for National Statistics show average rents in privately let homes across Britain rose by an average...

31 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry anger as Wales ducks chance to scrap SDLT surcharge

The Welsh Government - which now has additional fiscal powers allowing it to be more independent from Westminster - has chosen...

19 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Add confidence to your business with Rent Protection you can trust

Protecting your business in an unpredictable market can be a challenge, so finding insurance you can rely on is essential. As a nationwide...

17 October 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Regional rent rises and yields outstrip London, says Your Move

Regional lettings markets around the country are now outperforming London according to Your Move.    While rents in London grew 6.9 per cent...

14 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Small number of agents and landlords in controversial training scheme

With just nine weeks to go before the deadline, only a small proportion of Welsh agents and landlords have registered for...

29 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Number of tenancy deposit disputes reaches record high

The number of tenancy deposit disputes reached a record high in 2015-16, but still represents only a fraction of all deposits. Figures...

27 September 2016

From: Breaking News

London rents now averaging over £1,750 per month

The average rent for a new tenancy in London during August was £1,765 per month, according to data from the Tenancy...

20 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord handed £3,000 fine after failing to renew HMO licences

A landlord operating in Wales has been fined almost £3,000 for failing to renew the House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licences...

16 September 2016

From: Breaking News

More tenants agree to pay above asking rent - except in London

Across the UK as a whole there has been a slight increase in the number of tenants who agree to pay...

12 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Record rise of over 10% in deposits protected in England and Wales

New data from the Tenancy Deposit Scheme shows that at the end of March 2016 there were a total of 3.426m...

12 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Average rent now at all-time high as market shrugs off Brexit fears

The average rent in England and Wales has reached an all-time high of £846 per month - a year-on-year increase of...

09 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Average rental deposit poised to break £1,000 barrier, says DPS

The typical deposit paid when a tenant moves to a new property in England and Wales is set to break the...

02 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents up just 2.4 per cent in past year, government figures show

Average rents paid by tenants across Great Britain rose by 2.4 per cent in the 12 months to July, according to...

25 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Another survey shows tenants demanding Client Money Protection

Another survey, this time from an online letting agency, reveals that as many as 70 per cent of tenants are concerned...

16 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Research smokes out worst areas for cannabis farming in rented flats

The problem of cannabis ‘farmers’ using privately rented properties to mass-produce the drug is at its worst in the West Midlands,...

11 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Watchdog steps in over online letting agency's fee information

The Advertising Standards Authority has stepped in after receiving a complaint about the display of fees on a letting agency’s website.    The...

10 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents still rising in most areas but rate of growth slows says HomeLet

Rents across the UK are still rising but the rate of growth continues to slow.   Data from HomeLet shows that rents agreed...

09 August 2016

From: Breaking News

NALS says latest call to ban letting agent fees is not the answer

The National Approved Letting Scheme says the most recent call to ban letting agent fees - in a demand made by...

08 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry group slams Labour rent control call as disaster for tenants

Jeremy Corbyn’s plans for rent controls and “secure tenancies” in the private rented sector would spell disaster for tenants, reducing the...

08 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Assembly urged to scrap its 3% buy to let stamp duty surcharge

The Residential Landlords Association is asking the Welsh Assembly to scrap the three per cent stamp duty surcharge imposed on buy...

20 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Rent4sure appoints new National Sales Manager to support customers and promote growth

As part of Rent4sure’s ongoing programme of development initiatives, Clair Jones has been appointed National Field Sales Manager. “Rent4sure is one of...

15 July 2016

From: Sponsored Content

ARLA steps up call for agents' compulsory accreditation to combat fraud

ARLA is stepping up its call for letting agents to have professional qualifications in a bid to combat fraud.   In a contribution...

13 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide says buy to let purchases now at a six year low

In the three months after the introduction of the three per cent stamp duty surcharge on April 1, landlord purchases accounted...

11 July 2016

From: Breaking News

A message to the public: Speak out against rogue letting agents

The Local Government Association, representing 370 councils across England and Wales, is calling on the public to speak out against rogue...

11 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Revealed: huge rise in retirees living in private rental accommodation

A survey by the National Landords’ Association reveals that the number of retired people living in private rented accommodation has soared...

04 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Inventory clerks want rethink on proposed letting agencies' fees ban

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks says the government should not back a provision in the Renters' Rights Bill which would...

30 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Property investment specialists analyse coastal buy to let potential

Property investment specialists at online consultancy LendInvest have analysed coastal towns across England and Wales for their buy to let potential...

24 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents hit a record high as second homes surcharge begins to hit

Rents in Scotland are at a record high, after the fastest month-on-month growth on record.  Data from Your Move shows that average...

22 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency Express says lettings volumes down as much as 30 per cent

Lettings volumes have taken a sharp downward trend in May according to board company Agency Express. New listings were down 11.9 per...

20 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents begin to fall as glut of homes to let appear on the market

Letting agencies Your Move and Reeds Rains claim rents have started to drop in many areas following the arrival of a...

17 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit - private rental sector split down the middle says industry body

Around 30 per cent of private rental sector landlords are still undecided about whether they will vote to leave or remain...

16 June 2016

From: Breaking News

English and Welsh deposits typically £100 bigger than Scottish equivalent

Tenancy deposits in England and Wales are typically £100 dearer than the Scottish equivalent.  Between June 2015 and May 2016, the average...

15 June 2016

From: Breaking News

UK's first online commercial estate agency launches today

Today sees the launch of what claims to be the UK's first online commercial estate and letting agency.  Virtual Commercial will offer...

03 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Official figures show rents now 2.6% higher than a year ago

The average rent paid by private tenants across Great Britain increased by 2.6% in the twelve months to April 2016, according...

01 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Rent Smart Wales workshop announced for July

The Property Redress Scheme (PRS) has announced the details of a workshop for Welsh letting agents, taking place in July. The event...

27 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Trade body launches new fire safety tool

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has launched a new version of its Fire Safety Logbook which has been endorsed by the...

25 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Average rents growing at fastest rate since September

Average rents are now rising at the fastest rate since last Autumn, bringing the average monthly rent in England and Wales...

24 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Million pound farmhouse and land to let - for just £1 a year...

At first sight this looks distinctly like undercutting the local market - a farmhouse, glorious countryside and coastal views, some 900...

19 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let returns exceed those from FTSE-100 despite recent challenges

Buy to let returns have exceeded those from the FTSE-100 with average gains of 9.6 per cent across England and Wales...

12 May 2016

From: Breaking News

RICS urges agents and landlords to keep up with MEES energy rules

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is urging landlords and agents acting on their behalf to bring themselves up to date...

12 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Liberal Democrats latest to demand ban on letting agents' fees

The Liberal Democrats are following in the footsteps of some Green and Labour politicians in calling for a ban on letting...

03 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let bounces back: average returns hit 18-month high of 12.2%

Good news for agents having to work harder to persuade would-be landlords that buy to let makes financial sense after the...

22 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Private rental arrears rise - now account for 9.1% of all rent due

The latest survey of arrears in England and Wales suggests the level now stands at 9.1 per cent of all rent...

22 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Petition wanting ban on letting agency fees passes 245,000 signatures

A petition opposing lettings agents’ fees in England and Wales has now gathered over 245,000 signatures. Vicky Spratt, features editor on the...

18 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency warns of energy policy differences hitting England and Scotland

A leading chartered surveying firm is stressing the differences that exist between new English and Scottish energy efficiency rules hitting the...

12 April 2016

From: Breaking News

72 year old must pay £4,800 after 11 breaches of HMO regulations

A private landlord aged 72 must pay £4,800 after pleading guilty to 11 offences of breaching the Licensing and Management of...

08 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents beware: new possession and rent rise forms introduced this week

The government has updated the Section 8 and Section 13 forms which apply to private letting in England: they come into...

04 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Reminder to agents: new lettings sector energy efficiency rules start today

Today sees the first step of a long-term government drive to improve energy efficiency in the private rental sector through the...

01 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Controversial compulsory lettings scheme celebrates 1,000th 'trainee'

The 1,000th person has been trained as part of Rent Smart Wales, the compulsory scheme that says it aims to raise...

30 March 2016

From: Breaking News

New fee structure for agents announced by Rent Smart Wales

New licence fees for letting and managing agents have been announced by Rent Smart Wales, the Welsh Government’s registration and licensing scheme which...

23 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents on the rise - it's a small increase but the first since September

Average rents are now rising on a monthly basis for the first time since September, up 0.1 per cent between January...

18 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Government figures show average private rent up 2.6% in a year

Tenants now pay 2.6 per cent more rent on average than they did a year ago according to the government’s Office...

01 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Returns from buy to let investment at their highest for over a year

Returns from buy to let properties have risen to their highest level in over a year.  Data from Your Move and Reeds...

19 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Agent who tried to cheat woman, 89, pleads guilty to fraud

A lettings and sales agent has admitted to a court that he tried to cheat an elderly pensioner by buying her flat...

08 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide confirms it's acquired 30 lettings businesses in past year alone

Countrywide has revealed that it has acquired 30 lettings businesses in the past year alone, expanding the firm’s rental sector headcount...

04 February 2016

From: Breaking News

David d'Orton-Gibson, Training for Professionals MD

Who are you? I am David d’Orton-Gibson What does it say on your business card? It says I am the Managing Director of an...

01 February 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

Rents up 3.4% in 2015 but yields dip as a result of capital appreciation

Rents across England and Wales rose by an average of 3.4 per cent in 2015 - the fastest annual growth rate...

22 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Rent Smart Wales approves ARLA qualifications for licensed agents

Rent Smart Wales has approved the three NFOPP awarding body qualifications in lettings, which allow agents to become approved Rent Smart...

20 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Survey reveals towns and cities seeing biggest rent rises in 2015

New research from HomeLet reveals that Brighton, Bristol, Edinburgh and Newcastle recorded the largest increase in rents last year amongst the...

12 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Shelter back on the warpath over letting agents' fees

Campaigning charity Shelter has returned to the warpath against letting agents’ fees. This time the focus is on Wales, where the charity...

12 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents up in every region of England and Wales in 2015 says Rightmove

Rightmove says tenants serious about wanting to buy could do themselves a favour by flatsharing - and save themselves £210 a...

08 January 2016

From: Breaking News

No government U-turn likely on buy to let onslaught, says landlords' chief

Chancellor George Osborne has “effectively declared war on individual landlords” according to the Residential Landlords’ Association - but don’t expect a...

05 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents dip as Christmas nears - but they've risen 4% in 2015

Another rental index suggests there has been a seasonal dip in rents - although across England and Wales as a whole...

18 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Buy to let 3% extra duty: today we discover whether it applies across all UK

The Scottish Government is to announce today whether it is replicating the three per cent stamp duty hike on buy to...

16 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Councils want 'rogues database' to deter dodgy landlords

An organisation representing councils wants a government database covering all housing-related convictions to deter rogue landlords switching from one area to...

14 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Trade body says new Welsh proposals will hit vulnerable tenants

Vulnerable tenants will find it harder to access housing following the passing of the Welsh government’s Renting Homes Bill, according to...

07 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Private landlord ordered to return almost £48,000 in housing benefit

A local council has successfully applied for a landlord without an appropriate HMO licence to repay housing benefit - no less...

27 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Average rents in Britain only 3.5 per cent higher than in late 2008

Figures from the 211-office agency Belvoir shows that average rents in Britain exceed the pre-downturn late 2008 figure by a mere...

25 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Who actually knows about Rent Smart Wales? Not many it seems...

A survey suggests two thirds of tenants in Wales know nothing of the new Rent Smart Wales initiative to register and...

24 November 2015

From: Breaking News

New system for fees, licensing and training starts Monday in Wales

Rent Smart Wales, the new registration and licensing system in Wales, launches on Monday - and it represents a major change...

20 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Rents dip across England and Wales according to letting agencies

Rents across England and Wales have fallen between September and October, according to data from the Your Move and Reeds Rains...

20 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Agent who helped attack victim is RAN employee of the year

Holly Pendred from Gibbs Gillespie in Uxbridge, Middlesex, is celebrating after being crowned Relocation Agent Network’s Employee of the Year 2015. The...

19 November 2015

From: Breaking News

ARLA seeking volunteers to serve as regional reps

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is looking for three new regional representatives. One will cover Hereford, Warwickshire, West Midlands and Worcestershire;...

16 November 2015

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City's restrictions on To Let boards hailed a success by councillor

A bid to force letting agents to remove To Let boards from properties in areas of a city with high numbers...

03 November 2015

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Government says rents have risen an average 2.7% in a year

Renters are paying 2.7 per cent more for their homes than a year ago, according to data from the Office for...

02 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Video round up 30.10.15 - Watch the weekly news from Estate Agent Today

Watch the latest weekly video round-up of news from Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today, featuring stories on the latest...

30 October 2015

From: Video Articles

Tenant demand up across most of UK, survey reveals

Around 40 per cent of landlords are reporting an increase in tenant demand in their area in the past three months. A...

27 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Four weeks to go before Welsh letting licensing regime starts

The new registration and licensing requirements under Part 1 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 will be launched on November 23,...

26 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Bill changes tenancy contracts but leaves letting agents' fees unchanged

A Bill now making its way through the Welsh Assembly may “radically alter the way tenancy contracts are written” - but...

22 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Industry divided as government confirms Right To Rent start date

There has been a mixed response from the private rental industry following the announcement that Right To Rent checks will become mandatory...

21 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Yields and appreciation make investors nearly 10% annually say agents

Buy to let investors in England and Wales have seen their returns rise to around 10 per cent in the past...

20 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Top accountancy body slams Osborne's unthought-through BTL tax plans

“Unthought-through”, “unfair and unreasonable” and leading to “extreme confusion” - those are the thoughts of Britain’s leading professional accounting body on...

19 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Rents will rise 3.0% next year as demand continues to outstrip supply

Average rents have risen for 10 months in a row according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors - and there's...

09 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Rightmove's 'largest letting stock' index shows rents rising outside London

Rightmove says rents across England and Wales, outside London, are up 1.3 per cent in the past three months according to...

09 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Councils want jail terms for rogue landlords and agents

A body representing over 370 local councils in England and Wales wants more powers to control the private rental sector, letting...

21 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Rents dipping and arrears rising, say letting agencies

Rents across England and Wales have dipped by 0.1 per cent and now stand at an average of £803 per month. Annual...

18 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Government puts Build To Let at heart of private rental strategy

Housing minister Brandon Lewis has made it clear that Build To Let - the investment by institutions to build and then...

10 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Rogue HMO landlord must pay £20,000 in fines and costs

The landlord of a house in multiple occupation is the latest to be prosecuted by a council for failing to licence...

03 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Countrywide snaps up another independent letting agency

Countrywide has snapped up another independent letting agency - this time it is Thomas C Adams in Chester which has become...

28 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Pensioner buy-to-let hotspots revealed

Brandon in Suffolk is the most profitable location for pensioners to invest in buy-to-let property with an average yield of 8.59%. This...

25 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Rapid monthly growth pushes average rent to record high

Average monthly rents in England and Wales hit a record high of £804 last month, according to Your Move and Reeds...

21 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Letting agent warns of 'misinformation' about new licensing system

A letting agent is warning of apparently inaccurate information being sent out as part of a new agent and landlord accreditation...

19 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Average weekly student rent up only £1.43 in past year

Research for a student accommodation service says the average weekly rent paid by students has risen a modest £1.43 in the...

14 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Burnham wants councils to impose private rent controls

Labour leadership hopeful Andy Burnham is the latest to say he would consider rent controls in the private sector if he...

07 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Non-stop rent rises are worrying admits ARLA

More and more agents are witnessing increases in the cost of renting, according to the Association of Residential Letting Agents. Its latest...

24 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Arrears rising - even where letting agent fees are banned

Tenant arrears are rising in Scotland, even though letting agents’ fees on tenants are banned. Agents’ fees on renters, which are legal in...

22 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in arrears as rents soar, say letting agents

There has been a sharp rise in rent arrears - they made up 8.7 per cent of all rent payable in...

17 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Wales licensing: now letting agents must be trained too

It now appears that new legislation covering the private rental sector in Wales will involve mandatory training for letting agents as...

16 July 2015

From: Breaking News

New Rightmove index shows out-of-London rent surge

Tenants trying to find cheaper and better value letting properties than those available in London are moving outside the capital -...

15 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Every landlord to undergo 'training' to secure licence

Every landlord in Wales will have to undertake ‘training’ and be licensed under new rules coming into effect this autumn. In a...

15 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Tenant could claim back rent from unlicensed landlord

A landlord who failed to properly manage a home he rented out has become the first landlord prosecuted under a council’s...

14 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: The rise of agent-rating websites

The rising phenomenon of agent-rating and review websites is a topic that seems to have caused considerable division and controversy among...

10 July 2015

From: Features

mydeposits and ARLA issue reminders over deposits deadline

Landlords could risk facing heavy fines if they fail to protect their tenants’ deposits before an important new deadline on June...

17 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Immigration check roll-out to be announced tomorrow

Tomorrow’s Queen’s Speech outlining legislation for the next 12 months will include a pledge to roll out across England and Wales...

26 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Fastest rent rise for over four years

Private sector rents in England and Wales have grown 4.6 per cent year-on-year – the fastest rate of increase since November...

22 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Tenant evictions reach record high

Tenant evictions have reached a record high 11,307 in the first quarter of the year according to government figures. However, the majority...

15 May 2015

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Rents up 2.1% - London sees largest rise

Private rental prices paid by tenants in Britain rose 2.1 per cent in the 12 months to March, according to the...

29 April 2015

From: Breaking News

Is Gazeal for real?

“More than 1 in 3 agreed property deals in England & Wales fall through… Gazeal is a new system for property sales,...

23 April 2015

From: Features

Rents up by more than inflation, admit letting agents

Rents across England and Wales are now 15.2 per cent higher than at the time of the last General Election in...

22 April 2015

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