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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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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