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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

See the latest Coronavirus statistics from across the world on our world map SEE MAP UK Confirmed cases: 277,985 | UK Deaths: 39,369 SEE MAP Italy Confirmed cases: 233,515 | Italy Deaths: 33,530 | Italy Recovered: 160,092 SEE MAP Spain Confirmed cases: 239,932 | Spain Deaths: 27,127 | Spain Recovered: 150,376 SEE MAP See the latest Coronavirus statistics from across the world on our world map SEE MAP UK Confirmed cases: 277,985 | UK Deaths: 39,369 SEE MAP Italy Confirmed cases: 233,515 | Italy Deaths: 33,530 | Italy Recovered: 160,092 SEE MAP Spain Confirmed cases: 239,932 | Spain Deaths: 27,127 | Spain Recovered: 150,376 SEE MAP

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Good news as lettings show “remarkable bounce back”

PropTech firm Goodlord says there’s been “a remarkable bounce back” in the lettings sector since the market resumed. It’s been three weeks...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Longer eviction ban will hurt most vulnerable and damage rental sector

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

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Government issues guidelines for electrical checks from July 1

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

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental Distancing: safety-first processes revealed by inventory operator

The country’s largest provider of inventory services has launched its new processes, overhauled to cope with social distancing and the remaining...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Council asks lockdown residents to report illegal HMOs

Residents at home during lockdown who may have seen families crammed into overcrowded HMOs are being asked to report the properties...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

 London lettings: over 80% of enquiries to agency want more space

Independent London agency chain Dexters says it’s seen a 200 per cent jump in enquiries from this time last year, and...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Think tank arrears claim sharply differs from leading agency

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

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

London alarm - rents plunge 15% warns top lettings agency

Rents in London have dropped by between 10 and 15 per cent as fewer people are willing or able to move...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Propertymark talking with government over furlough flexibility

Propertymark says it’s continuing to talk to government departments about making the furlough scheme flexible enough to meet agency industry needs.  A...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

New online course shows best practice in starting a tenancy

The Deposit Protection Service and safeagent (formerly NALS) have created a free, online course showing best practice in starting tenancies.  The new...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

HMRC finally allows letting agents to register for anti-money laundering

The HMRC’s long-awaited online register for letting agents to register their anti-money laundering activities has opened - almost six months after...

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Sale of three lettings agencies completed in 10 days

The market for successful lettings businesses is still strong according to one of the country’s leading business transfer agents. Adam J Walker...

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

App measuring social distance being marketed at letting agents

A company is marketing an app which monitors social distancing; it says this could be applicable in agents’ offices. Called iTWOsafe is...

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets regulation options to be considered by government in June

A document outlining options for the future regulation of Airbnb and other short let platforms in the UK is to be...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Industry body backs call for extra financial aid for tenants during virus

A leading trade body is backing calls by MPs for additional financial support to tenants during the Coronavirus crisis. The National Residential...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Safety first with a light-hearted video explains how viewings work

** This Bank Holiday Monday both Letting Agent Today and Estate Agent Today look at how agencies have modified offices and protocols...

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Six-point plan for London office keeps staff and customers safe

** This Bank Holiday Monday both Letting Agent Today and Estate Agent Today look at how agencies have modified offices and protocols...

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Online service denies claim it helps agents avoid portal fees

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

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Extra buy to let mortgage holiday opposed by activists group

The possibility of an extended mortgage holiday being introduced, for landlords as well as home owners, has been sharply criticised by...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus shows strength of franchise business model - claim

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

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Don’t make it harder to evict tenants - plea to government

A leading trade body is pleading with the government not to make it harder for landlords or their agent representatives to...

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Big regional agency chain signs up with deposit insurance provider

Chancellors, the independent agency chain with over 50 offices across southern England and mid Wales, is launching a deposit-free renting option. Working with...

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rebrand for agency after separation from rival company

An agency has rebranded following a ‘de-merger’ with a rival firm. Earlier this week we reported that Chichester husband-and-wife agency Hancock and...

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

How is your office coping with safety and social distancing?

For the coming Bank Holiday on Monday, we’d like to show images of how agency offices have adapted to cope with...

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Top lettings agency to shed jobs with new online platform at risk

One of the country’s largest lettings agencies is to lose 17 jobs out of 100 in what the company founder calls...

19 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental app service introduces ‘Home Walkthrough’ feature

Rental app service Movebubble has launched its Home Walkthrough feature which it says it the first of its kind in the...

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Average time to let soars thanks to lockdown

Rents on renewed tenancies fell for the second month in a row according to data from Hamptons International.   In April the average...

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Free tenant referencing product for agents to be rolled out

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

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Guide for letting agents produced by … Shelter

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

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

We’re Back! Agents and lettings market resume work today

From midnight lettings agents in England have been able to resume work thanks to an amendment to Coronavirus legislation that was...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental market rebounds after early lockdown disintegration

The rental market effectively disintegrated in the early days of lockdown before showing signs of a rebound which are still active...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Untrue! Generation Rent claim is wrong says top lettings body

The Generation Rent pressure group is wrong to claim that the majority of landlords are failing to support tenants needing help...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour evictions policy could mean financial ruin - claim

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

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech tool monitors transactions + New Viewber partnership

PropTech company Teal Legal has designed a new tool which it says will help restore confidence in the property market once...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Big surge in complaints about letting agents taken up by Ombudsman

There’s been a substantial 20 per cent rise in formal complaints about agents taken up by The Property Ombudsman.  The figures refer...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Shelter claims thousands of renters face eviction as lockdown ends

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

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Reapit offers free training to lettings and sales agents

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

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Yields ease but rental market riding the Coronavirus challenge

New research suggested that yields across the UK rental market are remaining broadly unchanged despite the Coronavirus crisis. The current average sits...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

This agency’s doing just fine… really it is… Would I Lie To You?

Strutt and Parker is an agency that’s got long-standing team spirit and that shows in how different areas have been working...

08 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Keepy-Uppys, press-ups and team merchandise keep agency fighting fit

Lenwell is a busy lettings agency covering Luton, Dunstable, Bedford, Milton Keynes, Biggleswade, Hitchin and Northampton - and now, busy in...

08 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Personalised cards and a Social Chat session - more great work

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

08 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Fake News! Morale-boosting Psych Evenings help auctioneers

Have you heard of Psych? No, me neither - but that’s our loss according to the London team of Auction House.  The...

08 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants should live rent-free until 2021 says prominent economist

An economist who previously suggested tenants should live rent-free for three months during the Coronavirus crisis has revised his thinking -...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Special Coronavirus 'moral contracts' with tenants may not work - warning

Agents and landlords who use unorthodox methods of securing obligations from tenants to pay their rent during the Coronavirus crisis may...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

New electrical safety standards here in July - new guide issued

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

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Market rebound as new and completed tenancies rise again

The latest market snapshot by PropTech firm Goodlord suggests that while new and completed tenancy volumes dropped rapidly in the first...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Surge in lettings encourages agency to un-furlough some negotiators

A surge in rental activity has encouraged a London-focussed agency to un-furlough some of its staff ahead of an expected relaxation...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Over half of tenants regret aspects of their property - survey

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

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Six lettings agencies expelled from TPO for not paying awards

The Property Ombudsman has announced the expulsion of eight agencies, all for contravening TPO codes of practice. Most of the expulsions were...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Lockdown could mean higher rents, claims new research

New research claims to show that the lockdown could end up with higher rents as demand in the lettings sector outstrips...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour demands extra protection for tenants facing “ticking timebomb

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

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Vast majority of mortgage lenders still have products for landlords

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

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New Corona guidelines for rental sector in different parts of country

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

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent-turned-Tech-chief criticises industry for lack of transparency

A former estate agent who has set up an online platform giving information on property values for London renters and buyers...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Rental market may quickly bounce back, new analysis shows

A new analysis reveals three key figures that suggest the rental market will bounce back from the lockdown and the Coronavirus...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Independent agency acquired by student accommodation firm

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

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech platform helps agents and landlords stay compliant

A new automated lettings platform is launching next week and promising to ensure agents and buy to let investors stay compliant. PlanetRent...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenancy disputes going to court face 18-month delay warns expert

A real estate litigation partner at a leading law firm is warning that the Coronavirus crisis could lead to an 18...

24 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent signs up thousands of new tenants despite lockdown restrictions

London agency Chestertons reports that despite the lockdown it’s registered 2,369 new tenants needing to move, conducted 3,432 virtual viewings, received...

24 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Issues with rent default and legal issues? These webinars are for you…

PropTech firm Goodlord is hosting two webinars - the first of which is today - looking at issues surrounding rent defaulting...

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency warns landlord clients over virus mortgage holidays

One of London’s largest lettings agencies is warning its landlord clients to only use mortgage payment holidays offered by lenders as a...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Very low rent default rate so far, reports leading London agency

A leading London lettings agency is reporting only a very low rent default rate so far, despite fears that the Coronavirus...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New partner for fast-growing lettings PropTech platform

The lettings and management software platform teclet has announced its latest partner - LegalforLandlords. Agents using teclet - which is currently offering...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Furloughing scheme will help agents to reschedule rent payments

The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be essential to keeping payments flowing through the rental sector, according to a leading...

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental market back in business with 30% surge in demand in April

Demand for homes to rent has surged back by some 30 per cent in the two weeks to April 14 according...

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Over 50 councils in England alone now operate licensing schemes

Research by the National Residential Landlords Association and the Which? consumer body has revealed that some 53 councils in England alone...

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Gas and electrical certificates ‘should be extended for six months’

Gas and electrical safety certificates should be extended for six months to cover for the impact of the Coronavirus.  The call comes...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agents asked to relax rents for students during virus crisis

Student bodies want letting agents to acknowledge that many students have lost their incomes and have been forced to return to...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide lettings veteran joins board of still-to-launch portal

Veteran Countrywide figure John Hards has joined the board of still-to-launch property portal OpenBrix. In 2018 Hards rejoined Countrywide as national lettings...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency and landlord clients come to the aid of ICU frontline nurses

An agency and its landlord clients have come to the aid of nurses who are in the frontline of the fight...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Why stop for the virus? Council presses ahead with licensing anyway

A London council has pressed ahead with the launch of a borough-wide additional licensing scheme despite the lockdown and uncertainty created...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New-builds look best in virtual viewings, claims top lettings agency

New and newly-refurbished properties are letting more readily as virtual viewings become more widespread during the lockdown. That’s the view of Knight...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Zoopla owners invest heavily in Airbnb

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

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Website claims 40 per cent of tenants can’t afford to pay full rent

A lettings sector website claims 40 per cent of tenants have seen their ability to pay full or in some cases...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Almost 60 new branches sign up to ESTAS customer review platform

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

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Rents set to stagnate over next 12 months, warns RICS

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

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency delivering meals - it’s a Rock for its local community

The Coronavirus pandemic knows no boundaries - and that goes for those helping to fight it too. Medical staff from the UK...

13 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Homesearch’s lofty home office and EweMove if you want to…

“Communication is pretty much everything…” - that’s the key message from Tega Alexander, digital marketing manager at the up-and-coming Homesearch. Thanks so...

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Chestertons Rocks - views from the Gibraltar office (and a poem)

The lockdown is now a fact of life across almost all of the western world so the team at Chestertons, which...

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Views, booze and news - more industry home office shots

Home offices aren’t all about laptops and wifi routers….they’re about gorgeous views too. So thanks to Marc Morrish, a director and auctioneer...

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Model tenancy agreement and agents’ PI Insurance - today’s Conquering Corona

Hello - we’re here to help on a daily basis, sharing information across the industry.  As ever, we’d love your input to...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

800 short let properties given over to NHS staff with more to come

A project called NHS Homes, run by a number of suppliers within the short lets sector, has now made available some...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

More offers for agents as suppliers help the industry Conquering Corona

Hello and welcome to Wednesday’s update on what offers and advice are available to agents at this most difficult and challenging...

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants seek gardens and outdoor space in response to virus and weather

Demand for rental properties with gardens or other outdoor space has soared in terms of portal listings - perhaps no surprise...

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Dramatic ‘pay us when you get paid yourselves’ offer to letting agents

A PropTech firm has issued a dramatic offer to letting agents to pay the company only when they themselves get paid...

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide urges switch of student accommodation to mainstream rentals

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

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency Training at home, new PropTech tools - we’re Conquering Corona

Week three of the lockdown begins - we hope you’re faring well with these temporary restrictions. We’re here to help where...

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council seeks Judicial Review of landlord licensing refusal

Liverpool’s Labour council, which was prevented by the government from extending its city-wide licensing scheme for another five years, is seeking...

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents warned as council postpones licensing clampdown

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

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Filing business accounts on time is key even through crisis, says ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is advising member companies to file their accounts on time in order to remain transparent...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New EPC assessment guidance - Conquering Corona

Hello and here’s the latest daily update to help the industry through these unprecedented times.  If you have any appropriate advice you...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New ESTAS tool allows agents to integrate reviews into websites

The ESTAS has launched a new tool which it says will help agents get in pole position for when the market...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Selfless agency staff become heroic local helpers

Like many agencies, the Milton Keynes company Cauldwell Property Services has most of its staff working from home and handling sellers’...

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

How To Furlough - key way to keep staff as industry is Conquering Corona

Welcome to the latest edition of our daily service dedicated to advice and guidance on how agents can best cope with the...

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

London agencies digging deep and leafletting to help the community

When it comes to good works, one frequently-featured agency is Chestertons in London - and again it’s come up trumps during...

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Nurses get to the frontline using a letting agency's spare car

A Blackpool lettings agent has come to the rescue of two NHS nurses whose car had broken down - and now...

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona - portal offer, rental study, mental health help

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of Conquering Corona, our daily update helping the industry cope with the current crisis. If...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

New guidance issued on rent, evictions and maintenance

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

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency apologises after rent letter misinterpreted

A lettings agency has given a full apology after a letter - not approved by the company - was sent out...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona - more guidance and special deals for agents

Hello, and we trust you had as good a weekend as possible in these difficult circumstances.  As we start a new week...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Huge concern over buy to let mortgage market contracting

There’s growing concern across the lettings sector about the buy to let mortgage market seeing lenders pull product ranges, tighten lending...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Help for self employed agents and new lettings info: Conquering Corona

Hello and welcome to the latest Conquering Corona - our guide for agents to get through these challenging times. Please let us...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions: new tenancy forms confirm three-months notice period

Paperwork released overnight by the government appears to confirm that the notice period for evictions is extending from two months to...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Anti-agent activists defy lockdown and vandalise branch office

Two lettings agencies have been vandalised by activists who defied the Coronavirus lockdown to damage property. Local media reports in Cheltenham say...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

More guidance and advice to the agency industry - Conquering Corona

We'd hoped it was good news but in fact it's just good-news-yet-to-come. The Savills office in Wuhan, the epicentre of the Coronavirus crisis in...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Maintenance work CAN be carried out in homes says government

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

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency offers staff and cars to help NHS tenants and landlords

A lettings agency in central London is setting an example to the industry by offering help to its landlords and tenants...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Suppliers and trade groups helping agents Conquering Corona

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

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour wants eviction ban ‘reinstated’ for Coronavirus crisis period

Labour is on the warpath against the government following the surprise contents of the Coronavirus Emergency Bill, apparently watering down the...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban watered down in Coronavirus Emergency Bill

The three month outright eviction ban pledged to renters last week appears to have been watered down in the Coronavirus Emergency...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Shares in top lettings agency plummet 50% in one month

Although the worst of the stock market bloodletting triggered by Coronavirus now appears to have gone, franchise agency group Belvoir has...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona: new info, guidance, links for agents facing the virus

Hello: so much has happened since the last Conquering Corona column on Friday. Before we get on with it, a reminder...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental sector abandons short-lets as virus kills off tourist business

There’s been a sharp drop in rental churn since the Coronavirus outbreak worsened according to a flat-sharing website. SpareRoom says that across...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Cities of southern England enjoy large pre-virus rent rises

The average rent for a newly let property rose 3.3 per cent in the year to the end of February -...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: All tenancies subject to ‘Human Habitation’ from tomorrow

It’s easy to forget in the Coronavirus frenzy but from tomorrow, Friday March 20, all tenancies are to become subject to...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Government confirms anti-eviction measures to be revealed shortly

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

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour wants no evictions for arrears run up during crisis

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

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlord Investment Show postponed - organisers to keep in touch with delegates

Tomorrow’s National Landlord Investment show, scheduled for London’s Olympia, has been postponed because of the Coronavirus crisis. The organisers say they reached...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Latest Coronavirus guidance for agents from across the industry

Hello and welcome to today’s Conquering Corona, a service we’re running to share official guidance and agents’ advice in a bid...

17 March 2020

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Severe stock shortage strengthens rental market ahead of virus

A lettings market snapshot conducted before the worst effects of the Coronavirus were known suggests the rental market is relatively strong...

17 March 2020

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Swedish investors behind massive UK Build To Rent fund-raising

A massive £250m has been raised from a Swedish pension fund towards UK Build To Rent projects. Property development firm Oxford Properties...

17 March 2020

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Ban rent rises and stop evictions during virus, activists demand

Activists with a record of opposing agents and landlords want a blanket ban on rent rises and evictions in the current virus...

16 March 2020

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Conquering Corona: Daily tips and news for agents to beat the virus

Letting Agent Today is launching a daily service to help agents facing the Coronavirus threat.  This is where you’ll find news, advice...

16 March 2020

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HMRC warns investment sellers on CGT changes

HM Revenue & Customs has issued a new warning to buy to let and Holliday home owners about a major change...

16 March 2020

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

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

16 March 2020

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Coronavirus: Agents must record ALL contacts with self-isolating tenants

The Guild of Letting and Management has thrown helpful light on the responsibilities and recommended approach of letting agents faced with...

13 March 2020

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Double top! Leaders Romans Group’s second acquisition in a few days

Leaders Romans Group has made another acquisition of a multi-office independent agency. It’s snapped up six-branch Outlook Property, which has offices across...

13 March 2020

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Council may offer improvement loans to favoured private landlords

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

13 March 2020

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

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

12 March 2020

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Deposit alternative supplier signs another 31 agency branches

One of the major deposit alternative operators has announced 31 new letting agency branches have signed up, from three high-profile brands. Zero...

12 March 2020

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What is Section 8?

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

11 March 2020

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Breakthrough for agents as Open Banking set to speed and improve payments

Letting agents will for the first time be able to use Open Banking to process payments more efficiently, following a decision...

11 March 2020

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Agency buys £2.6m of student properties on behalf of investors

A lettings agent has completed a £2.6million property acquisition plan in one city on behalf of investors, and will go on...

11 March 2020

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Nick Lyons, CEO of No Letting Go

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Nick Lyons CEO What is No Letting Go and what does...

10 March 2020

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Sex-For-Rent amendment bid to Renters’ Reform Bill

A Liberal Democrat MP is seeking to amend the Renters’ Reform Bill to make it illegal for tenants to be offered...

10 March 2020

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Lettings chief to set out objectives of new rental sector body

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

09 March 2020

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Over 100,000 tenants sign up to Zoopla rental programme

Over 100,000 current or aspiring tenants have signed up to an education programme explaining how the rental sector works, run by...

09 March 2020

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

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

09 March 2020

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Controversial council uses Foxtons-style ‘big data’ to police lettings

The controversial Liverpool council licensing scheme is to be policed through the use of what the authority calls “cutting-edge big data...

06 March 2020

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Students who rent urged to “go lawsuit crazy” from March 20

An online student publication is urging readers who are tenants to “go lawsuit crazy” when the full provisions of the Homes...

06 March 2020

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112 redundancies after Airbnb support firm collapses

It’s now been revealed that 112 redundancies have followed the collapse of controversial short lets support firm Hostmaker. The overseas operation of...

05 March 2020

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Agents warned by Ombudsman: Don’t discriminate on DSS claimants

The Property Ombudsman is warning agents not to discriminate against tenants through a No DSS or any similar policy. Following the legal...

05 March 2020

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Activists ‘intimidate female staff’ forcing agency branch to shut

The controversial Acorn group of anti-letting agent activists has been accused of intimidation of female staff during a protest outside and...

05 March 2020

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Rogue agent fined £12,000 after falsely claiming NALS membership

The safeagent accreditation business says it has helped secure the conviction of a rogue lettings agent who falsely claimed membership of...

05 March 2020

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Agents Beware: major rental sector energy changes soon

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

04 March 2020

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Under Investigation! Agents probed for alleged Fees Ban breaches

A newspaper claims multiple councils are opening investigations into agents allegedly defying the tenant fees ban - and at least one...

03 March 2020

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Foxtons in £2.2m deal to buy independent agency

Foxtons has snapped up a lettings agency in suburban London. It’s bought London Stone Properties Limited and its subsidiary company London Stone...

03 March 2020

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Police hit ‘slavery’ landlord with landmark court order

The West Midlands Police force says it’s secured what it calls a “landmark court order” against a rogue landlord who turned...

03 March 2020

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Council says 11,000 homes in its patch are on short-let sites

The leaseholder of a council property in central London has been found guilty of advertising it on Airbnb and the Booking.com...

02 March 2020

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Politician complains that too many HMOs allowed in city

A row is erupting in Swansea over the number of HMOs in the city. Council leaders in the city want to implement...

02 March 2020

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SUCCESS STORY: How to win at Financial Services

When Wolverhampton estate agency Thomas Harvey opened its doors more than 50 years ago, mortgages weren’t really part of the equation...

28 February 2020

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Council wants county-wide selective licensing to be introduced

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

28 February 2020

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Nine years’ rent confiscated after flats declared illegal

A landlord has been ordered to pay back no less than £190,000 - equivalent to nine years’ rent - after he...

27 February 2020

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Tenant ‘financially exploited and harassed’ by landlord, claims council

A landlord has been ordered to pay nearly £6,000 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to harassing and financially exploiting...

27 February 2020

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Lettings sector optimism on the rise, despite string of obstacles

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

27 February 2020

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Council steps in to prevent tenants having to use outside staircase

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

27 February 2020

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

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

26 February 2020

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Delay electrical rule changes to keep tenants safe, trade body urges

New regulations mean highest risk rental properties may not have legally binding electrical safety cover for a prolonged period of time. That’s...

26 February 2020

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Big rise in lettings activity for Arun group

Arun - which has the brands of Douglas Allen in East London and Essex, Ward & Partners in Kent, Cubitt &...

26 February 2020

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Porsche-driving agent crook repays just £43,000 of missing £241,000

A jailed letting agent in a long-running legal saga has now been told she must repay her victims some £43,000 -...

25 February 2020

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Top London agency expanding with ‘free six months’ to landlords

London agency Draker Lettings is expanding its patch - and offering landlords a free service for six months. Draker, which is 10...

25 February 2020

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Charge! Rental sector disadvantaged over costs for electric car charging

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

25 February 2020

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

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

25 February 2020

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Public cash handouts to Shelter slammed by pressure group

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

24 February 2020

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Short lets management firm scrambling for investors - claim

A newspaper claims that a short lets management firm that handles properties let on Airbnb and similar platforms is scrambling for...

24 February 2020

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

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

24 February 2020

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Law Breakers! Half of Airbnb-style properties ignore 90-night limit - claim

A London council says nearly half of the Airbnb-style short let properties available in its patch last year exceeded their legal...

21 February 2020

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One agent’s bid to restore reputation destroyed by employee

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

21 February 2020

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Another huge Build To Rent scheme - 348 city centre homes

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

21 February 2020

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“Inefficient” High Street agencies accused of making voids longer

An online lettings agency has accused High Street rivals of being “inefficient” and making voids longer than necessary.  Home Made, which operates...

20 February 2020

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Rents start 2020 moving up according to government index

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

20 February 2020

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Double Trouble as crooks smash offices and steal computers - twice

A Sheffield agency has suffered two break-ins over just four days, with computers stolen and offices damaged. MorfittSmith’s sales office was the...

20 February 2020

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Slash Capital Gains Tax on rental sales, Chancellor urged

A trade group’s submission to the Treasury ahead of next month’s Budget includes a call for the new Chancellor to slash...

18 February 2020

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Scandal of tenant rescued from ledge ends with huge fine

A resident who was unable to access an emergency escape route during a fire was found standing on a windowsill hanging...

18 February 2020

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

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

17 February 2020

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Buy to let getting a new look in one part of the country says top agent

One of the country’s leading buying agencies says buy to let is changing in prime central London, as corporate structures replace...

14 February 2020

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Considering quitting as a letting agent? Seminar roadshow announced

A seminar roadshow has been announced for letting agents considering quitting the sector.  LegalforLandlords says it’s organised the six events after discovering...

14 February 2020

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More independent agencies snapped up by regional giant

The Yorkshire agency Linley & Simpson has revealed more acquisitions of independent agencies as it tightens its grip on the regional...

14 February 2020

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Shock for agents as politicians consider six month notice period

Agents have come out fighting against a proposal being considered in one part of the UK to triple the time to...

13 February 2020

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

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

13 February 2020

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Zoopla now leading portal for lettings in London, it claims

Zoopla says it’s now in what it calls “a clear, market-leading position” in terms of rental properties in the capital. In a...

13 February 2020

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Fifth acquisition in two years for property management firm

Yorkshire-based property management firm Barnsdales has acquired a Nottingham independent for an undisclosed sum. Marriotts Commercial, an arm of Marriotts estate agency,...

13 February 2020

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Portal, agencies and directors hit with £100,000 penalty over unsafe flat

A room-finding portal, along with the owners of a London lettings agency and management firm, must pay over £100,000 for letting...

12 February 2020

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Fees Act confusion could trigger surge in complaints about agents

Confusion among renters over the complex Tenant Fees Act could trigger a surge in complaints about agents to redress schemes -...

12 February 2020

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Five year ban for rogue agent who used deposits to run business

An agent has been disqualified from managing companies for five years after she failed to safeguard £28,000 worth of tenants’ deposits...

12 February 2020

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

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

12 February 2020

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Deposit alternative mis-selling - rival companies say “It’s not us”

Three more deposit alternative supplier have issued statements seeking to distance their product from criticisms raised in a BBC investigation. Yesterday we carried...

11 February 2020

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Innovative co-living rental option offered by new developer

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

11 February 2020

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Older renters likely to transform lettings landscape, says report

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

11 February 2020

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BBC asks: Do letting agents mis-sell deposit alternative schemes?

A BBC investigation suggests some agents may be mis-selling deposit alternative schemes. Tenants are then hit by what the probe says are...

10 February 2020

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Right To Rent: ‘no documents needed’ if digital checks come in

The government says it’s working on an online digital Right To Rent status checking service for agents and landlords to use,...

10 February 2020

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Agent censured as council audits other firms over rental deposits

A former letting agent has been censured over the handling of tenancy deposits following an investigation by a local council. Andrew Rhys...

10 February 2020

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

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

10 February 2020

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Pet-friendly tenancies could make landlords go walkies -  claim

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

10 February 2020

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Build To Rent giant reveals four new developments for 2020

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

07 February 2020

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Airbnb clampdown on young renters of party houses - but not yet in UK

Airbnb is reported to have banned under-25s in Canada from booking whole properties in their local areas to prevent potentially-violent house...

07 February 2020

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What are the benefits of traditional online auctions for estate agents?

Property auctions – online or otherwise – can be hugely helpful to sellers, buyers and estate agents. Online auctions, in particular, are...

06 February 2020

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Catherine Shinerock - ARO Account Manager

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Catherine Shinerock - ARO Account Manager What is your ‘company name’...

06 February 2020

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Short lets like Airbnb out of control and activists want crackdown

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

06 February 2020

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Labour council wants rent controls in London borough

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

06 February 2020

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Pause for thought before accepting pets, agents advised

Agents and landlords are advised to think carefully before allowing tenants to keep pets, despite a government push to relax restrictions. The...

06 February 2020

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

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

06 February 2020

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London’s lettings market mixed, according to high end agency

Knight Frank has released its latest rental market summary for London, and it paints a mixed picture. Firstly the number of properties...

04 February 2020

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Over a billion pounds in deposits could be unprotected - claim

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

03 February 2020

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Corporate makes 150 acquisitions - and now says it wants more

Leaders Romans Group has snapped up another independent - this time the three office Welsh agency Moginie James. Moginie James - owned by...

03 February 2020

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PropTech lettings supplier wins Gold Trusted Service Award

Lettings payment automation provider PayProp has won a Gold Trusted Service Award from online reviews platform Feefo. The PropTech firm was deemed...

03 February 2020

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

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

31 January 2020

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High-flying Belvoir bats off fees ban to record another profits rise

Belvoir, which describes itself as the UK’s largest property franchise, has just released figures showing its 23rd successive year of uninterrupted...

31 January 2020

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Goal! The industry’s favourite five-a-side tournament is back...

It’s back - the five-a-side football tournament which made its successful debut last year with teams from the agency and property...

31 January 2020

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Prime London lettings market back in the black says Savills

The prime London lettings market has returned to growth after three years of falling rents, according to new five-year forecasts from...

31 January 2020

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Steve Rad, Managing Director at InventoryBase

Who are you and what is your role within the company? Steve Rad, Managing Director What is ‘company name’ and what does it...

30 January 2020

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

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

30 January 2020

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UK’s largest independent agent strikes PropTech partnership deal

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

30 January 2020

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

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

30 January 2020

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

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

29 January 2020

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‘We beat the fees ban’ - franchisees see revenue growth

The Property Franchise Group, which has a string of major agency brands, has reported a strong performance in 2019 despite the...

29 January 2020

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HMOs increasingly popular in lettings market despite complexity

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

24 January 2020

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One in five landlords to invest in buy to let on 2020 - claim

A mortgage firm claims some 22 per cent of existing lettings sector investors plan to buy at least another one lettings...

24 January 2020

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 Defunct online lettings agency had three possible buyers before closure

It’s been revealed that Upad, the lettings agency which closed at short notice in October last year, had three prospective buyers...

23 January 2020

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Huge £18,000 penalty for landlord who failed to improve property

A landlord in one of the most scenic parts of Devon had been served with a £18,000 civil penalty because he...

23 January 2020

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Short lets firm that had advertisement banned changes its name

A London company that has previously had an ad banned by the Advertising Standards Authority has announced a change of name. The...

23 January 2020

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New platform helps agency staff quit and set up own companies

A new lettings platform claims it can help existing agents and staff working for companies quit and fulfil their dream of...

22 January 2020

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Big drop in homes on lettings market, reports Zoopla

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

22 January 2020

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Veteran agent named as new ARLA Propertymark president-elect

ARLA Propertymark has named Angela Davey as president elect, following Richard Selwyn stepping down last year due to personal circumstances. Davey has...

22 January 2020

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New acquisition means branch has become largest in national agency

The Gainsborough branch of Martin & Co has become the largest single office within the national agency thanks to a fifth...

22 January 2020

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Newspaper’s amazing call for massive landlord licensing scheme

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

21 January 2020

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'Failed' HMO licensing scheme criticised for short consultation period

A trade body has come out against a council’s HMO licensing scheme, claiming that its consultation period was too short -...

21 January 2020

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safeagent announces new ‘qualified’ designation for agents

Accreditation body safeagent has announced a new designation for lettings and management agents who successfully pass its NCFE accredited courses. The designation...

21 January 2020

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Millennials Rejoice! You’re paying less rent than before…

Research from Hamptons International suggests that millennials are paying a lower proportion of the total rental burden in Britain than a...

20 January 2020

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Airbnb landlords should pay business rates, says council

A council is lobbying the government to ask for landlords using Airbnb and other short let platforms to be charged business...

17 January 2020

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Big fall in Build To Rent investment but backers insist future is bright

Investment into the purpose-built Build To Rent sector in the UK dropped significantly last year. Some £273.8m was invested in the fourth...

17 January 2020

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Anti-agent campaign group set to almost double in size

A campaign group that has held protests outside letting agents’ branches and has been fiercely critical of fees, says it’s seen a...

16 January 2020

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

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

15 January 2020

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Industry delight at government rejection of licensing extension

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

14 January 2020

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Labour council to set up agent review service with cash windfall

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

14 January 2020

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New carbon monoxide lettings rules set to be adopted by Assembly

The Welsh Government says new regulations are to be introduced to combat carbon monoxide poisoning. The regulations will require landlords and their...

14 January 2020

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Airbnb trying to tempt landlords seeking higher yields - claim

A leading property industry figure says Airbnb is attempting to persuade traditional buy to let landlords into going down the short-let...

13 January 2020

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

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

13 January 2020

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Agents Beware: new anti-money laundering rules kick-in today

It’s here - the Fifth EU Money Laundering Directive comes into force today with significant challenges and implications for letting agents. The...

10 January 2020

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Airbnb Under Attack: campaign grows to regulate short lets

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

10 January 2020

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Activists protest outside agency demanding it ‘sacks’ landlord client

A protest has been held outside a lettings agency in Manchester by tenants demanding that the firm ‘sacks’ one of its...

10 January 2020

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

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

10 January 2020

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Leaders Romans Group selects new PropTech lettings platform

Leaders Romans Group has selected a new PropTech platform after a competitive tendering process. The winning company was PropCo, which already services...

09 January 2020

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

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

08 January 2020

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Buy To Let Gloom - over quarter of landlords may sell in 2020

Some 26 per cent of buy to let investors plan to sell one or more of their properties in 2020 according...

08 January 2020

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Rental market ‘strong and stable’ as new decade dawns

The rental market is stable as it enters 2020 according to the latest index from PropTech company Goodlord.  Five out of the...

08 January 2020

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London rent increases muted compared to many top European cities

London rents increased by an average of 3.5 per cent in 2019 according to a European lettings monitor called HousingAnywhere. While this...

08 January 2020

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Renting option with ASTs introduced by retirement developer

McCarthy & Stone, long associated with retirement properties only available to buy, has introduced a renting option at a number of...

07 January 2020

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Big expansion for lettings agency after two merger deals in a year

Darlington-based My Property Box has welcomed five new members of staff to its team who between them have amassed more than...

07 January 2020

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New city-wide restrictions on HMOs to be introduced by council

Birmingham’s Labour-led council is to introduce a city-wide Article 4 Direction from June, which means a planning application must be submitted for...

07 January 2020

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Ending pet ban part of “mission to improve life for tenants” says minister

The government - which over the weekend made a surprise move to try to stop landlords banning tenants from keeping pets...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents warned over new energy rules - the countdown begins

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

06 January 2020

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Trade bodies back latest rogue agent and landlord clampdown

The Association of Residential Letting Agents and The Guild of Property Professionals have both given their backing to the government’s latest...

06 January 2020

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Tenancy agreements to be overhauled to end pet bans

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick is to overhaul the model tenancy contract to make it easier for tenants to have pets. A surprise statement from the...

04 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New government cash for rental sector ‘nowhere near enough’

The government has announced an additional £4m in funding for local councils to combat rogue agents and landlords - but it’s...

03 January 2020

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Thousands of landlords rejected for licensing scheme, claims council

Oldham council is the latest to seek an extension of a selective licensing scheme beyond its mandatory five year term -...

03 January 2020

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Agents Beware: New lettings laws being introduced in 2020

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

02 January 2020

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Agents to get ARLA resources as anti-money laundering changes kick in

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says it will be issuing resources to support for lettings agents in the coming days...

02 January 2020

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

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

02 January 2020

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

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

31 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Lifetime Deposits: ARLA sets out demands for safeguards

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

30 December 2019

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

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

30 December 2019

From: Breaking News

This is how much rents grew across Britain in 2019

Rental growth in Great Britain picked up throughout 2019 according to Countrywide.   In an analysis of the market released under the name...

27 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Savvy landlords can still make Buy To Let work insists property chief

There’s still life in the buy to let market despite the regulatory and financial changes in recent years according to a...

24 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents to accelerate in 2020 according to surveyors

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

24 December 2019

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Over 200 complaints of agents allegedly charging illegal fees

The Times claims there have been well over 200 complaints lodged with redress schemes, alleging that lettings agents tried to charge...

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Warning to agents - the risk of voids increases at New Year

There’s a heightened risk of voids in the New Year period and agents and landlords should prepare: that’s the warning from...

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Shocking figures of ‘hidden homelessness’ through sofa-surfing

The national homelessness charity Crisis has unearthed shocking findings about a common but under-reported form of homelessness – sofa surfing. The report,...

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Modest annual rent rise reported by HomeLet

The latest lettings market snapshot by referencing firm HomeLet shows the average rent in the UK is now £947. This is up...

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency boss jailed for £230,000 fraud scandal

A Southampton lettings agency owner has been jailed after defrauding landlords and tenants out of £230,000. Andrew Whitehead has been jailed for...

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents’ qualifications must be priority for new government says ARLA

The new government must prioritise the implementation of proposals to ensure letting agents and others in the industry are appropriately qualified. That’s...

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Shelter says 135,000 children in temporary accommodation this Christmas

Campaigning charity Shelter claims 135,000 children in Britain are homeless and living in temporary accommodation this Christmas - the highest number...

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Warnings that further rental reform mustn’t jeopardise supply

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

18 December 2019

From: Breaking News

It’s that time again - ESTAS entries closing

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

18 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Hunters is latest agency to link with software platform

The giant Hunters franchise chain, which has over 200 offices across the UK, Is boosting its technology through a strategic partnership...

18 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Possession order ‘hotspots’ identified as eviction process faces reform

A league table has been drawn up revealing the UK’s possession order hotspots - just as the government seems keen to...

17 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting agents told: Improve communications with tenants

If letting agents want more satisfied clients and fewer disputes they should provide better information to tenants. That’s the view of PropTech...

17 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Three rogue lettings agencies expelled by The Property Ombudsman

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

13 December 2019

From: Breaking News

19-branch family agency snapped up by Belvoir brand in £2m deal

Newton Fallowell, part of the Belvoir Group, has snapped up the Lovelle franchised agency group adding a further 19 offices to...

13 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Help the rental sector! Trade body demands new government action

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

13 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Council opens lettings agency in town with scores of private agencies

Luton council has opened Lets Squared, a High Street lettings and estate agency using public funds - even though the town...

12 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Four key events for agents to watch for in 2020

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

12 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Yet another fall in available rental stock, say surveyors

Once again the monthly market snapshot from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors reports a decline in the stock of rental...

12 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban confusion prompts industry groups to create ‘the matrix’

The Association of Residential Letting Agents and the Tenancy Deposit Scheme have created a matrix for letting agents and landlords about...

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Concern grows about increased safety risk from faulty smoke alarms

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

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

More tenants say landlords should take on responsibility for amenities

One in seven British renters expect their landlords to resolve arguments over bill payments, a utilities provider claims. The study, by Glide,...

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Lobbying works - ARLA wins 11-week delay in Welsh deposits change

Lobbying government can work, at least in some circumstances, as the Association of Residential Lettings Agents has seen in Wales.  Letting agents...

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Average deposit nears £1,300 says new alternative scheme

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

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Second lettings agency merger in same city in two weeks

Longstanding Leeds based property company Adair Paxton has acquired boutique estate agency firm, Hudson Moody Wass. Founded in 2001, Hudson Moody Wass...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents warned: Prepare for imminent Anti-Money Laundering changes

[Letting Agent Today was ‘off air’ for some of Wednesday and most of Thursday thanks to technical problems - we apologise to...

06 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

[Letting Agent Today was ‘off air’ for some of Wednesday and most of Thursday thanks to technical problems - we apologise to...

06 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Yet another independent snapped up as consolidation continues

[Letting Agent Today was ‘off air’ for some of Wednesday and most of Thursday thanks to technical problems - we apologise to...

06 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit Alternative Wars: flatfair wins advert dispute with rival company

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

04 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Onwards and Upwards as Belvoir acquires independent agency

Belvoir has acquired another independent sales and lettings agency - this time it’s Onwards and Upwards, a firm in the Morley...

04 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Politicians Beware! Landlords could decide General Election

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

03 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Firm aiming to eliminate deposits by 2025 wins cash injection

Canopy, a firm that says it wants to eliminate rental deposits in the next five years, has won a £50,000 cash...

03 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency reveals Red Hot growth plans as it merges with rival

One of the north east of England’s higher profile estate agencies has restructured and merged with a rival ahead of what...

03 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Acquisition means firm offers residential lettings for first time

Scottish legal firm Gilson Gray has shaped up Coulters Letting, meaning it now enters the residential rentals sector for the first...

03 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Huge rise in agents witnessing rent rises compared to a year ago

The latest rental market snapshot from the Association of Residential Letting Agents suggests that 50 per cent of agents witnessed an...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Airbnb short lets firm tries to woo landlords away from buy to let

A short lets firm that describes itself as an “Airbnb management service” is launching an advertising campaign to woo landlords away...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Dawn raid finds 17 tenants crammed into sub-let HMO

A dawn raid by enforcement officers from a London council has discovered 17 men sleeping on mattresses in a three bedroom...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental homes at Tube stations - first details from lettings giant

More details have emerged of the long-term scheme to site Build To Rent homes at Transport for London tube stations and...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide and Connells want mandatory regulation of letting agents

A roundtable discussion of rental industry leaders has produced a recommendation for the mandatory regulation of lettings agents. The objective, they say,...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit Alternatives: new entrant to market is Hamilton Fraser

A new product in the increasingly competitive field of deposit alternatives has been launched by lettings and landlord insurance industry giant,...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Airbnb firm backed by two Dragons Den stars rebrands as Nestor

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

28 November 2019

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The next generation of renters has arrived. Are you ready to find them a home?

You don’t need to go far for news about the UK lettings market. From the banning of tenant fees to proposed...

27 November 2019

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

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

27 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Owner hit with £60,000 in fines over substandard property

A landlord has been hit with court fines for a fourth time for failing to properly manage his rental properties.  Landlord Jack...

27 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agency targets lettings with new one-stop-shop services

The relatively low profile 99home online agency says it is now the UK’s fifth largest operation in the online sector after...

26 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency creating “the city’s most luxurious student accommodation”

A lettings agency has marked six months in business by embarking on a £100,000 project to create what it calls its...

26 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Tories' Lifetime Deposit idea is fundamentally flawed - claim

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

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Online lettings portal raises £7m as it prepares for New Year launch

High-profile property management firm DJ Alexander is set for expansion following a £7m investment from Santander.  The capital funding package will be...

22 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

Sub-letting scams can be reduced by property visits, agents advised

An inventories supplier is advising that the growing number of sub-letting scams can be reduced by regular property visits by agents...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrap Section 21: Anti-agency group steps up campaign

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

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Former Labour councillor jailed after years of housing fraud

A former Labour councillor and solicitor Muhammad Harun has been jailed for 16 months after pleading guilty to two counts of...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Flat-sharing PropTech platform raises £2m for expansion plans

Flat-sharing website Ideal Flatmate has raised £2m in a funding round in order to expand to seven new cities in the...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants warned not to ignore ‘snooping’ HMRC letter about landlords

The Chartered Institute of Taxation is urging tenants not to ignore a letter if they receive one from HM Revenue &...

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour ditches Right To Buy for private tenants

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

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Well known regional agency strikes out into new territory

An independent Yorkshire letting agency has broken new ground by extending into Humberside for the first time, after striking a major...

18 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

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

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

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech property management platform signs 25 partners for launch

The property management platform Apropos, scheduled to launch early next year, says it’s signed up 25 business partners ahead of schedule. The...

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents are less efficient because software is poorly integrated - claim

A PropTech firm says lettings and sales agents are less efficient because software providers and the wider industry have done too...

14 November 2019

From: Breaking News

ESTAS launches its own fully-fledged review platform

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

14 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour council coordinating trial of digital checks on agents

A Labour council is leading a trial by local authorities of a new digital platform that checks whether agents, landlords and...

13 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Short lets offer opportunities for agents - but only if they’re regulated

The growing chorus of calls to professionalise the short lets sector has won influential backing from a senior PropTech entrepreneur. Neil Cobbold...

13 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls: “They sound great but they don’t work” says agent

A leading agent is the latest industry figure to speak out against rent controls, which continue to be advocated by Labour...

13 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

Why S21 must stay: £29,000 arrears and £2,000 mess left by tenant

The government and local authorities run by all political parties are keen to advocate measures to curb rogue letting agents and...

12 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Crooked agent steals thousands ... and pays back just £850

A north of England letting agent who conned home owners out of thousands of pounds has been ordered to pay it back...

12 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

Big rise in foreign landlords thanks to Brexit’s weak pound

The proportion of homes in Great Britain let by overseas based landlords is 11 per cent, up from seven per cent...

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Conservatives likely to oppose rent controls in election manifesto

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

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

London Labour Mayor repeats his call for rent controls

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

08 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Students say they’re targeted for “unfair” deposit deductions at check-out

The National Union of Students claims young people at college and university are being unfairly targeted by agents and landlords when...

08 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Top agent urges Airbnb regulation to deter criminal activity

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

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents on the rise as Prime London supply glut begins to subside

Knight Frank says the supply of new lettings properties in prime central London is likely to slow - and as a...

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks lettings director quits to go to rival hybrid franchise firm

A lettings guru who worked at Purplebricks for five years in a string of key roles has quit the company to...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents offering insurance to tenants “increase peace of mind for all”

Lettings agents who diversify to offer tenant liability insurance not only broaden their own business but also increase peace of mind...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency compensates tenants and landlords after employee’s scam

Martin & Co says it has compensated clients fully after a rogue lettings agent in Cornwall added sums to invoices sent...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant activists demand rent controls and Section 21 scrapped

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

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Airbnb and short lets may have tighter controls in Scotland

The Scottish Government says it’s looking at whether to regulate Airbnb and other short let activities after a consultation found widespread...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents asked to tell council how to improve rental sector policies

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

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Plumbing and electrical problems are most common for buy to let

An insurance firm has broken down the causes of major problems for buy to let landlords and tenants - and, perhaps...

01 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

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

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

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Short Lets: New body bids to make sector more professional

A new trade body is being set up in a bid to professionalise the short lets sector. The sector - which embraces...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Uncooperative HMO landlord hit with four figure fine

The owner of a house believed to be occupied by multiple tenants has been prosecuted by a Kent council for failing...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

New mortgage encourages students to become first time landlords

A new building society mortgage product is aimed at allowing students to become first time buyers and to simultaneously become first...

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Election is chance to woo new landlords into lettings sector

The likely general election is an opportunity for the government to make the lettings sector more appealing for would-be landlords, says...

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Four independent agencies snapped up by Belvoir brand Northwood

Northwood franchisees have completed four acquisitions, taking the total this year to eight. As part of the Belvoir Group, Northwood and has...

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour council introduces £850 licensing scheme

Labour-run Leeds city council is introducing a licensing scheme which requires landlords to pay up to £825 per property. The deadline for...

28 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Congratulations! ARLA and NAEA celebrate training achievements

ARLA and NAEA Propertymark’s Qualifications division has held its annual awards ceremony in the House of Lords, recognising achievement and celebrating...

28 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

Selective licensing overhaul needed quickly, government told

The government is being urged to speed up the release details of the future it sees for selective licensing following revelations...

25 October 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 October 2019

From: Breaking News

“Crippling” delays in returning deposits slammed by trade group

The typical delay in tenants receiving their returned deposits is “crippling” for many. That’s the view of the Association of Independent Inventory...

25 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Three rogue lettings agents expelled by The Property Ombudsman

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

24 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Huge 20% jump in number of Build To Rent units in just one year

Research by the British Property Federation shows that there are now 148,046 build-to-rent homes complete, under construction or in planning across...

24 October 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 October 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Are HMRC and Airbnb about to go to court over taxes?

The BBC is reporting that the short lets giant Airbnb has been contacted by HM Revenue & Customs about its tax...

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Independent lettings agency snapped up ... for a cool million

Belvoir has confirmed that its Brighton franchisees have acquired the independent Homelets agency in the town - for a cool £1m. Existing...

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

It’s a drag: agency’s advice on tackling tenants who smoke

Government data suggests that almost 54 per cent of the UK’s remaining smokers are tenants - and against that backdrop, an...

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants should speak out against rogue landlords, urges council

A seaside council has issued over £15,000 in fines to owners of unlicensed HMOs.  Torbay council in south Devon adds that “a...

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock warning that agents could be sued under selective licensing laws

A long-term legal critic of selective licensing is warning that letting agents could be held jointly accountable with the landlords, -...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Insurance for tenants could be additional revenue stream for agents

Life insurance sold to tenants could provide a valuable additional income stream for agents whose revenue has been hit by the...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm to scrap tenant screening costs for agents

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

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech: final call for entrants to annual awards

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

21 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Online lettings agency at heart of money laundering crimes

Three criminals have been sentenced after pleading guilty to money laundering involving an online lettings agency. The sentences follow an investigation spearheaded...

18 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: the 10 key locations for buy to let investors in 2020

Property development and investment firm SevenCapital has released a top 10 league table of UK cities which it claims will perform...

18 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: no evidence it’s hit room rental costs, says PropTech chief

A co-founder of a room rental PropTech service says there’s no clear evidence yet that the fees ban introduced in April...

18 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Why Section 8 is NOT the best eviction option - top agent speaks out

One of the country’s leading lettings experts has outlined why the government is wrong to suggest that Section 8 powers could...

17 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Exodus begins as landlords set to sell-up, warns Rightmove

New research from Rightmove shows almost a quarter of landlords are planning to sell at least one property from their current...

17 October 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 October 2019

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

Second law firm hits out at government Section 21 proposals

Another law firm has sharply criticised the government’s proposals to abolish Section 21 eviction powers for landlords. Devonshires says the government should...

16 October 2019

From: Breaking News