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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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‘King and Queen of Buy To Let’ said to be worth a cool £140m

The so-called King and Queen of Buy To Let, the controversial husband and wife team of Fergus and Judith Wilson, are...

04 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Councils warns rental sector after “scary” fire at HMO

A local council is warning the HMO rental sector that tenants may be put at unnecessary risk as a result of...

04 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

Rental app by-passes agents but charges landlords £799

A new app called Rentd by-passes lettings agents but charges landlords £799 for a full listing. Landlords pay the one-off £799 fixed...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Testers' guide to electrical safety checks arriving next month

Accreditation service NAPIT has produced a publication for the rental sector ahead of new electrical safety checks coming into force for...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Government issues guidelines for electrical checks from July 1

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

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

Rental sector highly vulnerable to younger worker unemployment, stats show

Research shows that half of those in the private rental sector are aged 16 to 34, making the lettings industry vulnerable...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Virus-related arrears are still very low says major lettings chain

A new survey of COVID-19 related rental arrears shows that fewer than five per cent of tenants are behind with their...

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

Corona Fallout: Renters admit they’re less likely to own a home now

Research by insurance firm Aviva suggests private tenants are now more pessimistic about being able to buy their own home. In December,...

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Renters’ rights at centre of surge in internet searches over virus period

There’s been a surge in Google searches for issues concerning renters’ rights during the Coronavirus crisis. Research by heating company Boiler Plan...

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Council offers £15,000 incentive if landlords take vulnerable tenants

A council wants buy to let landlords with one-bed flats or rooms in shared homes to help it find homes for...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Council writes to landlords urging understanding over arrears

A London council has sent an open letting to its buy to let landlords urging them to show understanding to tenants...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Citizens Advice claims 1,000 cases linked to eviction, despite ban

Citizens Advice claims that in the two months since the lockdown began it has helped over 10,000 people with issues related...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

Video to remain a key part of viewing - claim

A new survey of tenants’ sentiment suggests that 54 per cent of renters feel confident to view a property with appropriate...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Online service denies claim it helps agents avoid portal fees

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

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus shows strength of franchise business model - claim

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

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Online agent says landlords shouldn’t expect all arrears to be paid

An online lettings agency says landlords should take up mortgage holiday offers and be willing to accept reduced rent during the...

21 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

Eviction ban ‘not to be extended beyond late June’ - claim

A landlord website claims the current ban on evictions is not to be extended beyond its scheduled close of June 29...

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental website is first ever to display air quality information

Rental property website SearchSmartly is thought to be the first in the world to display air quality ratings on every listing. In...

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Supply surge - new listings soar following market relaunch

The number of new rental listings reaching the market has soared as much as 44 per cent in some areas following...

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists step up call for tenants to pay no rent at all

Activists in a body called the London Renters Union has returned to the theme of calling for tenants to not pay...

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy To Lets 'should only be re-let if tenants want to move'

A consumer group wants buy to let properties to be re-let only if the tenants in them want to move. The call...

19 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour-supporting tenants invited to “eviction resistance training”

A mailing list operated by the left wing activists’ group Momentum has been used to win support for a rent strike...

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Free tenant referencing product for agents to be rolled out

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

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Guide for letting agents produced by … Shelter

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

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Government “thinking carefully” about future of eviction ban

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick says the government is “thinking carefully” about what more it can do for private tenants, especially after...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Mystery surrounds backers of “let’s pay no rent” campaign

Three groups of rental activists have demanded the government scrap all rent payments immediately and cancel all arrears - but mystery...

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

Online property management platform goes live with agents in key cities

A digital property management platform has gone live with a network of local agents covering some of the UK’s key cities.  Apropos has recruited a network of what it calls...

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

Labour’s two-year delay for rent arrears “not enough” say activists

A group of private rental activists says Labour proposals to give tenants two years to repay arrears accrued during the virus...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Deposit alternative service launches tool to handle virus arrears

Deposit alternative service Flatfair has launched a tool for letting agents to help administer arrears run up by tenants during the...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour wants tenants to have two years to pay back virus arrears

Labour wants tenants running up arrears during the Coronavirus crisis to have two years to repay them, as part of a...

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

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

Agency reports London landlords deserting Airbnb for longer-term lettings

Winkworth says its London offices are reporting significant numbers of landlords who used to advertise on Airbnb and similar short-let platforms...

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

PropTech platform accelerated to market for use during virus crisis

A new automated lettings platform claims to automate key processes around compliance, marketing, leasing and management for letting agents. Ringley Group, a...

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

Council branded irresponsible by lettings body for ignoring virus guidance

Coventry council has been branded as irresponsible by a leading trade body for allegedly ignoring government advice on licensing schemes during...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants shouldn’t always pay their own removal costs - commission

A commission investigating affordable homes in the UK has called for annual private sector rent increases to be limited to a...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: DPS warns of fake email scam

The Deposit Protection Scheme is warning of a possible online scam affecting agents, landlords and tenants A statement on the DPS website...

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

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

Scrap stamp duty on buy to lets, urges controversial property expert

Buy to let investors should be exempted from the three per cent stamp duty surcharge even if purchasers of holiday homes still...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Charity blasted for irresponsible claim about renters and arrears

A consumer charity has been blasted by a landlords' trade body for making “irresponsible” claims about tenants and the Coronavirus crisis. Research...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Good news - only small rise in late rent payments so far, shows survey

There was just a two per cent rise in late rental payments over the last month according to figures from an...

30 April 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

Tenants should ask landlords if they’ve had mortgage holiday - expert

The boss of a company that manages thousands of properties across the UK claims some tenants should be able to ask...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents must have complete records to avoid Corona complaints - claim

A leading PropTech expert has urged lettings agents to improve their administration and paperwork if they want to avoid what could...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Rents rose just £2 a month in quarter before Coronavirus - DPS

Tenants paid a UK average monthly rent of £775 during the first quarter of this year according to the Deposit Protection...

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

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

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

No council tax on empty buy to lets, demands landlord group

Private landlords want the government to stop local authorities charging council tax on rented homes left empty because of the Coronavirus.  The National...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

Tenants staying put in record numbers as virus deters moves

Seven out of 10 tenancies that were due to end in March were renewed according to Hamptons International - the highest...

27 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

Guess what? Searches for homes with gardens are up, says Rightmove

Hot weather combined with a lockdown can only mean one thing - a record number of searches for rental properties with...

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

Demand drops across UK cities as tenants stay put during pandemic

Rental demand has dropped significantly across London and other major UK cities as a result of the pandemic. When comparing current levels...

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent stays after court rules against campaigners

The Court of Appeal has ruled in favour of the government’s controversial Right To Rent scheme, overturning a decision reached last...

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

Can’t access property due to self-isolation? Now you can record attempt

A PropTech firm is making its Covid-19 functionality free to use for agents, landlords and tenants facing challenges in accessing properties.  Launched...

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental market “could explode quickly” as lockdown ends - forecast

High-end lettings agency Knight Frank says the lettings market “could explode quite quickly” when the lockdown ends. The agency says that in...

20 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

Communication is key for agents during virus crisis, says ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says the key for getting through the virus crisis is good communications, both with clients...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm extends deal to benefit agents, landlords and tenants

Lettings PropTech company teclet has announced that its partnership with the Mortgage Advice Bureau has been extended to offer mortgage and...

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

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

Agency asks tenants to sign ‘moral contract’ to repay arrears

A lettings agency is asking tenants who cannot afford to pay rent during the Coronavirus crisis to sign a ‘moral contract’ that...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

No rent rises for a year! Anti-agent group demands a ban on increases

The Generation Rent pressure group, fiercely critical of agents and landlords in recent months, wants the government to implement a 12 month...

14 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

Developers roll out eggs-cellent initiatives to help fight the virus

The developers behind the prestigious Television Centre scheme and its nearby White City Place development in west London are showing support...

13 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

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

Message to government - help us combat the ‘no rent campaigners’

One of the lettings sector’s biggest trade bodies is calling on government to make a clear statement to help landlords who...

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Let us live rent-free until virus ends, activists tell landlords

A campaign group is urging its members to write to landlords asking them to “suspend” rent demands until the Coronavirus crisis...

06 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

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

Labour’s rent holiday plan slammed as “unhelpful and very divisive”

Labour’s latest suggestion for the private rental sector - a rent holiday for tenants during the Coronavirus crisis - has been...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Merger of rival landlord groups happens at last

The much delayed merger of the UK’s two landlord bodies has officially happened today. The National Residential Landlords Association has been formed...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent rules for agents relaxed during virus crisis

The government has relaxed some provisions of the controversial Right To Rent regulations for the duration of the Coronavirus outbreak. The temporary...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Corona Clauses’ allowing tenants to delay lettings contracts

Knight Frank is reporting that tenants in high-value London markets are agreeing deals that allow them to delay the start of...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

“Give landlords 80% guaranteed rent” demands controversial agency

Part of the controversial Spicerhaart empire want the government to guarantee that some landlords receive 80 per cent of their usual...

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

Ex-Purplebricks boss waives fee for agents joining franchise scheme

The former operations director at Purplebricks says he is waiving fees for letting agents who want to join his new online...

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

Lettings sector guru Shamplina backs longer possession notice

Paul Shamplina, the founder of Landlord Action and star of a Channel 5 programme on evictions, says he fully backs the...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

All court possession orders suspended immediately

All court possession orders are being suspended from today as part of the changes to the private rental sector to cope...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Robust systems vital to manage rent and mortgage holidays - claim

A leading Proptech expert says agents must have robust payment systems to cope with the unusual pressure of tracking mortgage and...

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

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

Are inventory clerks essential workers? Trade body seeks clarification

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks says it has contacted the government to see whether its members are deemed ‘essential’ and...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Help the private rental sector - trade group renews call to government

The landlords’ newly-merged trade body has renewed its call for the government to do more to help the private rental sector...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction Ban confusion - call for more security for tenants

The Citizens Advice charity is the latest organisation to call for more help for private tenants following what appears to be...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

Most tenants cannot afford the deposit on a home to buy

Almost two thirds of rental tenants cannot afford a deposit to allow them to purchase their own home according to a...

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

Fear that student exodus could mean soaring rent arrears

The departure of almost all students from UK universities and colleges back to their parental homes for possibly several months 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

Coronavirus damage to rental sector could hit £15 billion - claim

New research suggests the damage to the private rental sector in terms of non-payment of rent could be a remarkable £15...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Delay all new licensing schemes for six months, urges industry body

Not-for-profit accreditation service safeagent says the government should ensure councils delay the introduction of all new private rental sector licensing schemes...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Acts of Kindness - an agency’s experience with its landlord clients…

We imagine many agencies have encountered acts of kindness from their clients in recent days - and agents themselves are going...

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

Half of buy to let investors considering selling - even before virus

A survey of the buy to let market conducted by a bank before the latest acceleration in the Coronavirus outbreak suggests...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Government confirms anti-eviction measures to be revealed shortly

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

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour wants no evictions for arrears run up during crisis

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

18 March 2020

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

Pressure building to help private tenants hit by Coronavirus

One of the lettings sector’s leading trade bodies has called on the government and lenders to agree a package of measures...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency in court as new ‘rogues taskforce’ swings into action

A lettings agency and its director have pleaded guilty to renting out an overcrowded house in the first case brought to...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

PropTech inventory offer to agents listing with OnTheMarket

PropTech platform teclet is offering letting agents that list with OnTheMarket a three month trial offer of a digital inventory service. One...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Are UK rental deposits too high? Not by international standards…

The typical UK private rental deposit, often considered high in this country, is thought to be relatively low by international standards...

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Council may offer improvement loans to favoured private landlords

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

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant Engagement

There is no doubt that the BBC News article in early February caused something of a stir within the Deposit Free...

12 March 2020

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Coronavirus: agents warned they could end up breaking the law

The government has been called upon to issue specific Coronavirus guidance for the rental sector. The chief executive of the Association of...

12 March 2020

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

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

12 March 2020

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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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Buy to let HMO did not even have a working smoke detector

A shocking case of a buy to let HMO that did not even have a working smoke detector has led to...

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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Fitness For Human Habitation

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act came into force across the country on the 20th March 2019. The act is designed...

11 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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Licensing scheme has £600 surcharge for ‘falling short on standards’

A local authority has taken the unusual step of saying that a £600 surcharge will be added to the licensing costs...

10 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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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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Activists angry at councils not taking action over 'unsafe' homes

Pressure group Generation Rent claims half of London’s councils did not fine any landlords for letting out unsafe homes in the...

06 March 2020

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Tenants with Coronavirus should get three months free rent - call

An anti-poverty campaigner and tax expert says any private rented sector tenant with Coronavirus should be able to live rent-free for...

05 March 2020

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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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Labour’s new rent control plan is “a disaster for tenants” - claim

Labour’s London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has put his call for powers to control private rents at the heart of his campaign...

04 March 2020

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Airbnb and short-lets support firm collapses with huge debts

Hostmaker, a property management firm working with properties listed on Airbnb and other short-let platforms, has ceased trading with its parent...

04 March 2020

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The joy of pets denied to millions of renters, claims pet care firm

A pet care company claims that millions of private renters are being denied the benefits of pet ownership because of landlords...

04 March 2020

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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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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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Scrap S21 to provide long term homes, Generation Rent tells landlords

A rental activist who runs the Generation Rent pressure group has told landlords that if they are “serious” about providing long-term...

03 March 2020

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Big surge in sealed bids for Central London rental properties

Growing demand and a shrinking supply of rental properties in prime central London has led to a 50 per cent surge...

02 March 2020

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Referral Fee clampdown confirmed for lettings agents too

The clampdown on referral fees, until now concentrated on the sales sector, will extend to letting agents too. James Munro, head of...

28 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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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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Demand from prospective tenants at an all-time high, say agents

Demand for rental properties in January increased to the highest level on record with 88 prospective tenants registered per lettings agency...

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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Labour council links rogue landlord case to its dispute with government

A buy to let investor has been hit with a bill of almost £9,500 after being accused of allowing a tenant...

26 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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Rogue agent confronted over £23,000 stolen to fund gambling habit

A lettings agent who stole over £23,000 from tenants to pay for his gambling habit and pay off debt has escaped...

24 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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Jed Topping, Business Development Executive for Virgin Media

Who are you? Jed Topping, Business Development Executive for Virgin Media How can sales and letting agents work with Virgin Media to earn extra revenue? By...

20 February 2020

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Revealed: the top priorities for tenants in 2020

A survey by lettings agency Carter Jonas has revealed what the firm calls the top priorities for tenants as the 2020s...

19 February 2020

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Buy to let demand to rise this year according to lender’s study

Nearly four out of 10 landlords believe that tenant demand will rise this year, according to a study by high-profile buy...

19 February 2020

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'Stay as long as you want' tenancies for key workers and graduates

One of the country’s largest Build To Rent developers says it is specifically targeting certain tenant types for one of its...

19 February 2020

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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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Stand by for rent rises in 2020, says leading franchise agency

Almost three quarters of Belvoir’s lettings franchisees anticipate rent increases this year.  In a survey of the franchise firm’s offices across the...

18 February 2020

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Manager buys franchise of agency she’s run for six years

The manager of an agency in West Lothian has bought the franchise for the office she’s run for the past six...

18 February 2020

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Government policy on rental sector is a failure says trade body

The government has failed the private rental sector says the Residential Landlords Association. In a statement released even before the resignation of...

14 February 2020

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Rivalry between agents is key feature of enhanced PropTech platform

The PropTech platform Movebubble has upgraded its features to increase rivalry between lettings agents and thus enhance the renting experience for...

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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Coronavirus guidance for lettings sector issued by trade body

The National Landlords Association has issued advice for the lettings sector on the coronavirus infection. Although much of the advice is a...

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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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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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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Council wants private landlords to allow rough sleepers in homes

A new service called Cornwall Housing Private Lets has been set up in the west country to try to lure private...

11 February 2020

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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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Average age of private renter still in low 30s

The latest market snapshot produced by PropTech firm Goodlord suggests that even in the south west of England - where renters...

07 February 2020

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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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Renters’ Reform Bill: still no date set for legislation

The Renters’ Reform Bill worries many in the private rental sector but the government says there is still no date for...

05 February 2020

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Agency claims it’s winning landlords from “lax” rivals

A lettings agency in one of the most competitive markets in Britain says it’s enjoyed a record year winning landlords from...

05 February 2020

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Government U-turn on the way over Labour licensing scheme?

Liverpool’s Labour mayor says he is confident that the city will, after all, be able to renew its city-wide licensing scheme. Housing...

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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Asking rents hit new record according to latest Rightmove figures

London’s asking rents hit a new record average of £2,119 per calendar month as the ongoing shortage of property for tenants...

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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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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We warned you! Government told of rising rents thanks to fees ban

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says the number of tenants successfully negotiating rent reductions has hit an all time low...

29 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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Tenant’s secret buy to lets land him with a suspended sentence

A London council tenant who for a period of seven years failed to disclose that he owned three houses, has been...

29 January 2020

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Surge in fake inventories in the past year, claims lettings body

There was a surge in the number of fake lettings inventories submitted last year, allowing tenants to be conned out of...

28 January 2020

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Government backs huge licensing scheme extension until 2025

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has backed a five year extension for a massive London council landlord licensing...

28 January 2020

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Scrap Section 21 now, says top lawyers’ society

One of the country’s top law groups has backed government moves to scrap Section 21.  The call comes from the Law Society for...

28 January 2020

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Tenants ‘more interested in saving for holidays than a deposit’ - claim

More tenants save to go on holiday than to put a deposit down on a home to own according to buy...

28 January 2020

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Agents will win leads from new email guides, says Zoopla

  Zoopla says its new digital ‘guide’ programme has been a tremendous success and is evidence that the portal’s investment in new...

27 January 2020

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Brexit doubts means tenants get lavish extras says trade group

A lettings sector trade group says lavish additional services are being offered by landlords who are nervous that Brexit will lead...

27 January 2020

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Agent defends HMO scheme after “greedy” accusation

An agent acting on behalf of a landlord has defended a bid for retrospective planning permission, but a Labour councillor has...

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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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'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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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

From: Breaking News

Brexit and tax are key worries for buy to let investors in 2020

A new survey suggests there may be an exodus of investors out of buy to let - some 27 per cent...

17 January 2020

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Clampdown on short lets may lead to landlords selling rental units

A leading agency in a part of the UK where local government wants to clamp down on the spread of Airbnb...

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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Rent takes 75% of income in some areas, admits agency

A lettings agency admits that the proportion of net income required to cover rent has hit 75 per cent in some...

16 January 2020

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Repossession court delays - lettings industry worries grow

London courts are failing to cope with the volume of landlord repossession cases according to a trade body. New figures show the...

16 January 2020

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Student specialist lettings agency enjoys record business

Specialist letting agency and property management company Student Housing has had its busiest quarter, it says. The Lincoln-based agency added 30 new...

16 January 2020

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Another New Rental Law: mandatory electric checks this year

It looks almost certain that agents and landlords must ensure electrical installation inspections and testing are carried out for all new...

15 January 2020

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Disgraced agency boss disqualified over deposit scandal

A lettings management boss has been disqualified for six years after failing to safeguard over £68,000 worth of tenants’ deposits. Kelly Louise Forrester...

15 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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Labour outrage at licensing scheme extension being rejected

The fallout continues over the government’s shock refusal to allow Liverpool council to continue its huge landlord licensing scheme. Yesterday we reported that...

15 January 2020

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Many tenants unable to afford rent despite  allowance reform

Plans to end the freeze on housing benefits will still leave many tenants unable to afford rent say landlords. Following the announcement...

15 January 2020

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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

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let league table reveals where demand is strongest

A rental management platform has compiled a league table of where tenant demand is strongest for homes to let - and...

14 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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Defunct online agency snapped up by PropTech rival

A trade magazine is reporting that online lettings agency Upad has been bought out by a PropTech platform. The Negotiator says Howsy...

13 January 2020

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Property ‘guardian’ firm found guilty - now trading under new name

A company that slots temporary tenants into properties that it manages has been found guilty of 15 charges connected with Homes...

13 January 2020

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Poor communication still chief cause of check-out disputes

Poor communication remains the chief reason for disputes between agents, landlords and tenants at check-out time according to the latest research. A...

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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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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Labour council fails to apply for funds to enforce rental regulations

A Labour council serving one of the largest private rental communities in the country is reported to have failed to have...

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

From: Breaking News

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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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

From: Breaking News

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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Renters resort to shocking payday lenders to get deposit - claim

A new rental deposit alternative scheme claims that some renters have to resort to high-interest payday lenders in order to afford...

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

From: Breaking News

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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Property firm boss says he cannot abide by Improvement Notices

The owner of a Derbyshire property must pay out more than £3,000 after being found guilty of failing to comply with...

02 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

Alternative deposit firm seeks support from London tenants

One of the leading providers in the hyper-competitive deposit alternative niche has made a bid for support from London tenants by...

31 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Prime London rents to see double digit rise by 2024

Knight Frank forecasts cumulative rental growth of 11 per cent in prime outer London and 10 per cent in prime central...

30 December 2019

From: Breaking News

No timetable for controversial Renters’ Reform Bill

No date has been set by government for the second reading of the Renters' Reform Bill 2019-20. The Bill was announced in...

27 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Did court case cost more than the fine for this rogue landlord?

A rogue landlord has been fined £1,384 for failing to get a council licence for two buy to let properties. The case...

27 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Move out in one hour! Intimidating landlord to be sentenced

A rogue landlord has been found guilty of unlawful harassment and misleading and aggressive practices, and will be sentenced next month. Ragoopathy...

24 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

Rents and demand dip as festive slowdown grips lettings market

New data from the Association of Residential Lettings Agents shows how the festive slowdown has hit the market. The number of tenants...

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit alternative service wins big new Build To Rent client

Atlas Residential - a Build to Rent developer with over 75,000 international properties - is partnering with deposit alternative supplier flatfair...

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Banned! Man cannot be letting agent or landlord for 30 months

A landlord has been banned for two and half years after repeatedly putting tenants’ lives at risk by letting unsafe housing. This...

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

Radio station uncovers sex-for-rent adverts by landlords

An undercover investigation by the LBC radio station has revealed unscrupulous landlords who expect sex from women tenants in return for...

17 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Tories should adopt Labour housing policy, say anti-agent campaigners

Generation Rent, a campaign group that is consistently critical of lettings agencies and landlords, says a priority of the new government...

16 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

Revealed - where rental stock has plummeted 22% in one year

London as a whole has seen rental stock plummet by 22 per cent in just one year according to a market...

16 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Tories must deliver pledge on repossession powers - trade group

A prominent industry trade group says the new government must honour its manifesto commitment to strengthen the right of “good landlords”...

16 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

High-end agency claims best ever month for lettings division

The sales market in London continues to wreak havoc with agencies, as yesterday’s Foxtons story revealed, but one lettings agency is...

12 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

Allow lenders to see rogue landlord database, says mortgage chief

A prominent buy to let mortgage chief says lenders should be able to access the rogue landlord database launched last year. John...

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Compensation for buy to let owners ‘possible’ says law firm

Owners of buy to let properties across the UK could be entitled to compensation due to onerous ground rent charges according...

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

Preparing for a deposit dispute means you might avoid one…

Letting agents and landlords who prepare for a dispute at the outset of a tenancy increase their chances of avoiding one...

09 December 2019

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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

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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

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Repayment and banning orders may be applied to rogue landlord

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

06 December 2019

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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

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Brexit shock - Migrant workers and not execs are best for rental income

New research from the National Landlords Association reveals that migrant workers, and not professional executives, provide the best rental yield. The NLA...

04 December 2019

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Landlord fined £340,000 in 2017 is now fined another £150,000

A rogue landlord has been fined more than £150,000 after failing to rectify safety hazards in a property he let. Latif Rehman...

02 December 2019

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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Cautious welcome for Tory pledge on landlords'  possession rights

A broad commitment to strengthen landlords’ rights has been made in the Conservative manifesto - and it’s been welcomed by a...

26 November 2019

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

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

26 November 2019

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Renters group urges ‘mass voter registration’ to sway Election

A pressure group that has spoken out against letting agents and landlords is urging private tenants to take part in a...

25 November 2019

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Labour’s shock £100,000 fines for substandard rental properties

Labour has given shocking new details of its proposals for the private rental sector including £100.000 fines if properties are deemed...

25 November 2019

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Labour council reveals huge rises in landlord licensing charges

There’s been a steep rise in the costs of landlord joining a compulsory licensing scheme operated by Labour-controlled Nottingham city council. The...

25 November 2019

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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

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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

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Tories’ Lifetime Deposits get backing from trade group and renters

The Conservatives’ new concept of a so-called Lifetime Deposit has been welcomed by the Residential Landlords Association.  Yesterday, Letting Agent Today revealed...

22 November 2019

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Lifetime Rental Deposits backed by Tories as Labour revamps council housing

On the day that Labour launches its proposals to reform the private rental sector, the Tories have announced so-called Lifetime Rental...

21 November 2019

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Mandatory licensing, long tenancies, rent controls advocated by LibDems

The Liberal Democrats is the first of the major parties to release its party manifesto for the December 12 manifesto, and...

21 November 2019

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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

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Family lettings company acquires three-year-old independent

A long-established lettings company in Scotland has acquired a three year old independent with a small portfolio of 45 properties. Riccardo Giovanacci...

21 November 2019

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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

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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

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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

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A Farce! Council issues rental licences to just 3% of applicants

A controversial private rental licensing regime that has already made the headlines for the wrong reasons has now been branded a...

19 November 2019

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 Penalty notices may be issued after 500-plus complaints by tenants

A local council claims it has received over 500 complaints from private rental tenants since the start of April - approaching...

19 November 2019

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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

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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

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Tenants’ biggest election issue? Well, it’s not housing...

One might have thought that if private rental tenants were as badly treated as some people suggest, housing would be their...

18 November 2019

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Rise in eviction delays show need for specialist court - claim

New figures just released by the government emphasise the significance of creating a specialist housing court says one of the lettings...

15 November 2019

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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

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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

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“Stop meddling!” - stark warning from surveyors to government

The normally-sedate Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has issued an unusually stark warning to government, telling it to “stop meddling” in...

14 November 2019

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Rising rent is “a headwind” battering poor tenants, says think tank

Higher housing costs - including private sector rents - have reduced incomes and increased inequality as the poorest families have borne...

11 November 2019

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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

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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

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Reform rental sector to favour tenants, charity tells next government

Citizens Advice wants the next government to radically alter the private rental sector in favour of tenants.  The charity’s 2019 election manifesto,...

08 November 2019

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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

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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

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Labour tones down Right To Buy proposal for private rental tenants

Labour’s controversial proposal to oblige landlords to sell their buy to let properties to tenants who wished to purchase them, unveiled...

06 November 2019

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Over a third of tenants say: We’ll be renting for life

Around 40 per cent of tenants currently in the private rental sector believe they will never be able to buy their...

06 November 2019

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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

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Government backs council licensing, gives millions more for enforcement

The government has given an extra £3.8m to councils to come up with ways of catching rogue landlords - and in...

05 November 2019

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Rental standards at centre of Corbyn’s Labour Election campaign

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has launched his party’s General Election campaign with an attack on what he describes as “dodgy landlords.” He...

01 November 2019

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DPS teams up with comparison website to offer deals on utilities

The Deposit Protection Service has teamed up with Comparethemarket in a bid to offer utility deals to tenants.  Renters who have their...

01 November 2019

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Rich Pickings: prime central London lettings market booms, says agency

A new report from Knight Frank shows how the country’s most expensive lettings market - prime central London - has boomed. The...

31 October 2019

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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

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PropTech: Zoopla, Landmark and Houzen reveal new innovations

Zoopla is beefing up its customer relationship management programme with the appointment of RAPP UK to evolve the portal’s data infrastructure...

30 October 2019

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

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

30 October 2019

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Deposit alternative war hots up as Zero Deposit signs 15-branch agency

The growing deposit alternative sector continues to be ultra-competitive with 15-branch agency Kings Lettings signing up to Zero Deposit. Kings Lettings operates...

30 October 2019

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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

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“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

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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

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How to have the pawfect pet tenancy

Most landlords are wary of the potential damage, smells and noise complaints that can come with accommodating a tenant with pets....

23 October 2019

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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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

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Upad closure: Another agency offers deal to stranded customers

Another online lettings agency has come forward with a deal to help landlords and tenants stranded after the closure of Upad. Last...

16 October 2019

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A sex toy, a giant python and glowing swear words - all left by tenants...

Giant glow-in-the-dark swear words, a sex toy and a pet python are among some of the items that students left in...

16 October 2019

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Section 21 reform slammed with warning it may backfire on tenants

Government plans to end so-called ‘no fault’ evictions may backfire and not improve tenants’ security at all. That’s the warning from Osbornes...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech platform freezes fees for agents - so long as they invest

A PropTech platform that earlier this year was reported to be valued at £2.8m is making an unusual offer to letting...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Another top agency signs up to a deposit alternative scheme

The race for dominance in the deposit alternative field continues apace. Now franchise giant Hunters has teamed up with flatfair to bring...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Consumer group claims government S21 plans don’t go far enough

Consumer charity Citizens’ Advice says government proposals to reform or possibly scrap S21 eviction rights do not go far enough.  The group...

15 October 2019

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Upad closure: rival agencies offer help to stranded customers

Several lettings agencies have stepped up to offer help to stranded customers of the collapsed online service Upad. A notice on Upad’s...

14 October 2019

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Crooked lettings agent in court again after row over solicitors

A lettings agent jailed in March for taking £220,000 from tenants and landlords is now in trouble over her legal representation. Heather...

14 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour demands Section 21 be scrapped - and now!

A senior Labour housing spokesman is urging the government to press on with plans to outlaw the use of Section 21...

14 October 2019

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Online lettings agency Upad closes with immediate effect

The online lettings agency Upad has this weekend published an immediate closure announcement on its website. It reads: “We regret to inform...

12 October 2019

From: Breaking News

10 ways tenants can beat damp and mould

As winter is coming, it’s time to think about how to protect your property from damp and mould. This silent assassin...

11 October 2019

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RLA claims scrapping Section 21 'dead on arrival' as consultation closes tomorrow

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has submitted its response to the government's consultation on scrapping Section 21 evictions, which closes tomorrow...

11 October 2019

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Super-rich turn to £5,000+ per week rental market due to Brexit uncertainty

Uncertainty around the UK's planned departure from the EU and the stability of the government is causing the super-rich to rent instead...

09 October 2019

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Rogue landlord fined £2,500 for ‘shocking’ property conditions

A landlord has been fined almost £2,500 for breaching an improvement notice issued by Cambridge City Council. Noelle Salameh was fined after...

09 October 2019

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Agency confident home is gas safe despite tenant's claim of 'highly toxic' gas

A letting agency has denied that 'highly toxic' gas is leaking into one of its tenant's homes in Worcester. Leaders has said...

08 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Open Banking allows deposit-free firm to screen overseas renters

Rental platform Canopy, which allows tenants to rent without a deposit, has announced a new partnership which will allow agents and...

08 October 2019

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New ethical letting agency launches with focus on 'people, not fees'

A new ethical letting agency has launched in partnership with a housing association and is promoting its low fee structure. Home Makers,...

08 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Courts breaching repossession rules and scrapping Section 21 will make it worse

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has accused courts across the country of failing to follow their own rules when it comes...

07 October 2019

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Alternative view: 'Average rents not affected by fees ban'

The cost of renting a room in the UK remained steady during Q3, according to SpareRoom. The country's biggest flatsharing site says...

07 October 2019

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Authorities warned off introducing rent controls in Manchester

Landlords have urged the authorities not to introduce rent controls in Manchester as they would 'choke off' supply of housing in...

07 October 2019

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

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

04 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agency recruits former Purplebricks director and LPE

An online letting agency which launched last month has announced the recruitment of two former Purplebricks staff. Michael Booth, the hybrid agency's...

04 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Further criticism of Labour's controversial Right to Buy plans

A group of landlords in the North East are the latest to criticise Labour's plans to introduce a Right to Buy...

04 October 2019

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Straight-As - uni dropouts thrive with student letting agency

Two university dropouts who started their own student letting agency have recorded their busiest ever start to an academic year. Harry Conti,...

04 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Supply and demand on the rise - UK's most active rental markets revealed

There has been a significant spike in activity in the East Hampshire lettings market, according to analysis from Zoopla. Over the last...

03 October 2019

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Branching out – letting agency excels in growing Build to Rent sector

An independent letting agency has reported its success in helping two large Build to Rent (BTR) developments to successfully let properties...

03 October 2019

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Fees ban: Rent rises reach record high for fourth consecutive month

The number of tenants experiencing rent rises following the introduction of the Tenant Fees Act continued its upward curve in August. The...

02 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Best agents should demonstrate  compliance to expose rogue operators

A call has been made for the best letting agencies and other rental sector professionals to show how they comply with...

01 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove wins green light to acquire tenant referencing firm

Rightmove has at last completed on its acquisition of tenancy referencing firm Van Mildert, first announced two months ago. The deal, reported...

01 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Yet More Licensing: councils want more freedom to expand schemes

An umbrella organisation representing councils is calling for greater freedom to introduce more and larger rental sector licensing schemes, without the...

01 October 2019

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A fifth of rental homes would go if Section 21 is scrapped - claim

The private rented sector would shrink by 20 per cent if Section 21 ‘no-fault’ evictions are abolished, according to an economic...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Short lets will push up mainstream rents unless regulated - warning

There’s a warning from a leading agent that the unregulated proliferation of Airbnb-style short lets will lead to mainstream rent rises...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents offered free training in managing tenancy deposits and disputes

Letting agents are to be offered free training in managing tenancy deposits and disputes if they operate in Edinburgh. In the last...

27 September 2019

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Four things you need to know when starting a new tenancy

Did you know that preparing for a deposit dispute starts at the beginning of a tenancy? When tenants and landlords disagree about...

26 September 2019

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Labour's private rental policies too thin on detail, says RICS

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has accused Labour of being thin on detail when it comes to the housing policies...

26 September 2019

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Advanced Rent Option means less work for landlords - claim

The lettings agency owners behind the Advanced Rent Option, which provides landlords with up to 12 months’ rent in advance, says...

26 September 2019

From: Breaking News

High-end London lettings agency signs up to Zero Deposit

High end London estate agency Chestertons has signed up with Zero Deposits, one of the deposit replacement services expanding across the...

26 September 2019

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Growing number of pre-lets indicate strength of London rental market

High end agency JLL says it’s seen a consistent rise in London owners becoming landlords, with a 15.3 per cent increase...

26 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Quality of private rented sector homes “drastically improved” - claim

The quality of accommodation in the private rental sector has drastically improved in the past decade according to a survey by...

25 September 2019

From: Breaking News

UK’s first ever tenants’ rental protection insurance launched

Legal & General is introducing a Rental Protection Plan for tenants, thought to be one of the first examples of this...

24 September 2019

From: Breaking News