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KEYWORD "letting agents" - 544 RESULTS
‘Landlords want to comply with the law and offer a good home to their tenants’

While some rogue landlords and bad players grab the headlines, the reality is that the vast majority of private sector landlords...

13 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New selective licensing scheme launched in parts of Leeds

A selective licensing scheme covering two areas in the suburbs of Leeds has been introduced by Leeds City Council.  Under the new...

07 January 2020

From: Breaking News

A fall in available rental stock would see ‘increased competition and higher rents’

Greater confidence and more certainty in the housing market following last month’s Tory election victory looks set to boost the housing...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

The Guild supports clampdown on rogue landlords

The government’s decision to invest an additional £4m in funding for local councils to tackle criminal landlords and letting agents has...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Rent Smart Wales - have your say

The Residential Landlords Association’s (RLA) research exchange, PEARL, is currently seeking views on Rent Smart Wales (RSW), the overseeing authority for...

03 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Section 21 changes: time to prepare for reforms to the eviction system

Letting agents are being urged to do more to protect buy-to-let landlords by preparing now for the government’s plans to scrap Section...

31 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents set to rise in 2020 as landlords continue to exit the PRS

Rents look set to rise across much of the UK next year owed in part to a further increase in the...

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

The number of tenants experiencing rent rises drops to an eight-month low

Fewer BTL landlords increased rents in November amid a slowdown in the market, the latest figures show.  Just under a third -...

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords: here’s how to research your next property investment

Whether you’re a first-time landlord or a seasoned investor, finding the right buy-to-let investment is far from simple. With many factors to...

17 December 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Improving communication with your tenants

When investing in the buy-to-let sector it is important to have a good relationship with your tenants, and that often requires...

17 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Next UK government urged to ‘reduce’ upfront costs for tenants

The next UK government must do more to reduce the burden on private tenants by reducing upfront costs associated with renting...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Temporary relief for tenants’ as fewer people see private rental prices rise

There was a further fall in the number of private renters experiencing rent increases in October providing some ‘temporary relief for...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

AIIC welcomes new deposit scheme that must include inventory reports

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (The AIIC) has unsurprisingly welcomed the launch of a new deposit protection service that requires...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Wales urged to beware change in the law ‘with little notice’

Buy-to-let landlords and letting agents in Wales will have to start supplying a list of information to tenants before taking a...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

New digital service designed to clampdown on rogue landlords

Marks Out Of Tenancy, a letting review website, has launched a digital service to help local authorities crackdown on unscrupulous landlords...

13 November 2019

From: Breaking News

How buying and selling property in Scotland differs from England

They may be part of the Union, but the process of buying and selling property in Scotland and England differs markedly.  It’s...

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Rent protection specialists merge to offer agents and landlords ‘peace of mind’

Leading rent protection firms Barbon Insurance Group, trading as HomeLet and Rentshield Direct, and Let Alliance have today joined forces and...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

General election 2019: Housing should be top ‘priority’

Boris Johnson’s call for a snap general election on December 12 to try to settle the issue of Brexit took very...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Aberdeen offered free tenancy deposits and disputes training

Following on from the success of recent training events in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness, designed to help landlords better manage tenancy deposits...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Why it's worth the hassle for landlords to switch letting agents

On the one hand “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it”, seems like common-sense advice, especially when making a change and...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Do not put your property investment at risk by failing to protect a tenant’s deposit

A number of landlords are jeopardising their property investments - probably their biggest assets - by failing to comply with basic...

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Could celebrities help market your rental properties in the future?

As landlords increasingly feel the squeeze, amid increasing regulation and tax changes, some are questioning more than ever the point of...

24 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents could potentially be prosecuted instead of landlords for unlicensed homes

Letting agents who fail to obtain licences for rented properties that fall under selective licensing rules could be prosecuted either alongside...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Former Upad landlords offered option of re-listing homes on new website for free

Buy-to-let landlords who have been adversely affected by the sudden closure of online letting agent Upad are being invited to re-list...

16 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Glasgow offered free tenancy deposits and disputes training

With 543 disputes having arisen between landlords and tenants in the Glasgow postcode area in the last 12 months, SafeDeposits Scotland,...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

TDS custodial scheme sees sharp rise in number of tenancy deposits protected

There was a 73% increase in the number of landlords and letting agents that signed up to the TDS' custodial scheme during 2018-19,...

11 October 2019

From: Breaking News

New toolkit to help local authorities clampdown on rogue landlords

A new PRS interactive learning toolkit for local authorities to help them take action against rogue landlords and letting agents has...

04 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents edge up amid increase in demand from renters

The number of tenants experiencing rent rises hit yet another record high in August, the latest ARLA Propertymark PRS report shows. The...

02 October 2019

From: Breaking News

The government has become too reliant on private landlords

All the main political parties are targeting the Generation Rent vote ahead of a potential snap general election, at the expense...

01 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents, landlords and tenants must work together to expose rogue operators

Letting agents are being urged to do more to raise consumer awareness about rogue operators in the industry by demonstrating their...

01 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Brent and Harrow Trading Standards target rogue letting agents

Council officers from Brent and Harrow Trading Standards have pledged to clampdown on unscrupulous letting agents in the London boroughs of...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Chestertons to offer Zero Deposit guarantee

Chestertons has become the latest letting agency to sign up to the Zero Deposit guarantee, a tenant’s deposit replacement product that...

26 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Edinburgh offered free tenancy deposits and disputes training

With 490 disputes having arisen between landlords and tenants in the Edinburgh area in the last 12 months, SafeDeposits Scotland, which...

26 September 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA slams London Trading Standards for failing landlords and tenants

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has criticised the London Trading Standards (LTS) for what it says is an admission of failure in...

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

ARLA wants to see the government get tough on rogue letting agents

ARLA Propertymark is urging the government to continue taking action to clampdown on unscrupulous agents in the letting industry.  A significant number...

16 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants warned to beware of rogue letting agents

With new figures showing that almost half of letting agents do not comply with the law, London Trading Standards (LTS) has...

13 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged to ‘better support landlords’ to boost supply of rental stock

A growing number of tenants are experiencing rent hikes due to the widening supply-demand imbalance in the market, according to Carter...

11 September 2019

From: Breaking News

NatWest changes its buy-to-let calculator to reflect the landlord’s ‘true costs’

NatWest Intermediary Solutions has made amendments to its buy-to-let calculations and will now use actual rather than projected letting agent costs...

11 September 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords should fear the prospect of a Corbyn-led government - claim

The prospect of a general election is looming large after Boris Johnson signalled his determination to trigger a snap vote on...

05 September 2019

From: Breaking News

The tenant fees ban comes into force in Wales

It is now illegal for tenants to be charged by landlords or letting agents in Wales in order to set up or...

02 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Goodlord and DAS UK Insurance to offer a new ‘rent and legal protection’ policy

Goodlord has today announced an exclusive partnership with leading insurance provider DAS UK Insurance, offering customers a new rent and legal...

02 September 2019

From: Breaking News

The tenant fees ban in Wales comes into play this weekend

On Sunday 1st September 2019, the Renting Homes (fees etc) (Wales) Act will come into force in Wales. The Act means that...

30 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords in Wales must not ‘fall foul of their new compliance obligations’

With just a few days until the Welsh tenant fee ban is introduced, landlords in Wales are being urged to adapt...

29 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents in the private rented sector continue to rise as supply falls

The number of tenants experiencing rent rises hit the highest level on record in July, according to ARLA Propertymark’s latest PRS...

28 August 2019

From: Breaking News

The Welsh tenant fee ban comes into force this weekend

The Renting Homes (Fees Etc.) (Wales) Act 2019, banning landlords and letting agents from charging fees to tenants, will come into...

28 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents Increase Across UK

The most reliable indicator of rental trends in the UK As the largest provider of deposit protection in the UK, our database...

27 August 2019

From: Sponsored Content

New product enables sitting tenants to unlock their cash deposit

A new product has been launched by Zero Deposit that allows tenants to unlock their cash deposit and replace it with...

23 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips for choosing a letting agent

The letting agent you instruct for your buy-to-let property could have a major impact on your landlord experience. While a decent letting...

21 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Welsh government launches new guide on the Welsh tenant fee ban

The Renting Homes (Fees Etc.) (Wales) Act 2019, banning landlords and agents from charging fees to tenants, will come into effect...

20 August 2019

From: Breaking News

New online tool allows landlords to earn money when tenants switch utilities

A new utility management and transfer tool, available to both landlords and letting agents, has been launched by LetHQ. The company, which...

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

More needs to be done to help landlords and tenants deal with moving day stress

The letting industry needs to do more to reduce moving stress for tenants and landlords by increasing awareness of some of...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Top tips to prevent damp in your rental properties

Damp problems can be a serious concern in any home. Not only are they unwelcoming, but they are also unhealthy, and...

13 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Premier League kicks off today but who should you support in terms of yields?

Top-flight football returns this weekend, with Liverpool preparing for tonight’s Premier League opener versus Norwich City, but what team should landlords...

09 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenancy deposit cap will ‘eventually affect a significant proportion of properties’

More than four out of ten tenancy deposits managed by the Deposit Protection Service (DPS) are currently higher than the recently...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Police appeal to landlords to help clampdown on organised crime gangs

Cheshire Police are appealing for landlords, along with letting agents and local residents to help crack down on organised crime gangs. Officers...

06 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Ascend Properties continues expansion into Build to Rent

Ascend Properties continues to expand its reach into the Build to Rent sector after securing significant investment from Gatehouse Bank last year. The...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

NLA to ‘recommend’ Zero Deposit to its members

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has identified Zero Deposit as the only deposit replacement product worth recommending to its members. The landlord association...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Misery for tenants as rent prices increase

There has been a sharp rise in the number of tenants experiencing rent rises following the introduction of the tenant fees...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Nine out of ten landlords would support a new dedicated housing court

The vast majority of private landlords are dissatisfied with the existing courts process to repossess properties and would support an alternative...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords - protect your home while tenants are away this summer

The children are off school, which means the summer break has officially begun and people are gearing up for the holidays....

25 July 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Government urged not to underestimate impact of removing Section 21

The government’s plan to scrap Section 21 without improving the court system and alternative process for regaining possession of a property,...

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting and managing agents in England face tougher regulation

Letting and managing agents in England face the prospect of having to abide by a new regulatory framework, in accordance with...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Technology is crucial in helping landlords remain complaint, says Gas Tag

With the number of PRS regulations continuing to rise, technology is growing increasingly more important in aiding compliance and ensuring that...

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

The Lettings Hub joins forces with proptech provider teclet

The Lettings Hub, a major tenant referencing and let insurance provider, has joined forces with teclet, a cloud-based, automated software platform. The...

16 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Significant increase in rents in Q2 2019 – DPS

The UK saw a sharp rise in average rent from £757 to £771 a month, up 1.79% during the second quarter...

11 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in fraudulent letting applications

The level of fraudulent rental applications being received by letting agents is on the up, new research shows. The study by Benham...

08 July 2019

From: Breaking News

More needs to be done to protect landlords from fraud

There is a growing need to improve fraud detection in the private rented sector, according to Landlord Action. Paul Shamplina, the founder...

08 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Local authorities ‘failing’ to stop agents that ‘poison’ landlord-tenant relationship

The National Landlords Association (NLA) is calling on local authorities to take much firmer action against rogue letting agents that tarnish...

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Two-thirds of rental applicants deemed unsuitable

Landlords now face the prospect of two unsuccessful tenant applications on average for every successful one, resulting in an increase in...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Do more to inform tenants of their rights, NLA urges government

The government needs to do more to provide tenants with better information on their rights and responsibilities if it is to...

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

ONS: Rents increased by 1.3% in the UK in the year to May 2019

Rents in the UK’s private rented sector increased by 1.3% in the 12 months to May 2019, up from 1.2% in April,...

20 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Insurance provider offers ‘protection solutions which landlords’ value’

Tenant referencing and lettings insurance provider, Barbon Insurance Group, has teamed up with flatfair to co-market the two companies’ products and...

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Scottish government urged to protect tenants’ rights

The Scottish government is being encouraged to acknowledge that some landlords north of the border are breaking the law by letting...

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants can now ‘quickly’ share data and it’s a ‘complete game-changer’

We all know that high quality detailed tenant references are crucial to ensure that people placed in rental properties have been...

10 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant fee ban ‘clearly designed to shift the costs to landlords’

The government’s decision to ban tenant fees is clearly designed to shift the costs to landlords, according to Property Personnel. The estate...

06 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Renters stand to save £192m a year as a result of the tenant fee ban

Private renters in the UK look set to save in the region of £192m a year as a consequence of the...

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord groups form coalition to oppose scrapping of Section 21

Landlords and letting agents have joined forces to campaign against government plans to scrap Section 21, the so-called ‘no fault eviction’. ‘Fair...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA endorses Zero Deposit guarantee

Zero Deposit is the only deposit replacement product worth considering in the market, according to the Residential Landlords Association (RLA). The landlord...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant fee ban to be introduced tomorrow

From tomorrow, it will be illegal for tenants in England to be charged letting fees, with deposits capped at five weeks’...

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents to rise as government efforts to make renting cheaper ‘fall flat on its face’

Rents are expected to increase over the next few months, according to the latest survey from Just Landlords. The study found that almost half of...

30 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant fee ban could see many landlords ‘opt to do without agents’

The next few months are likely to be challenging for letting agents as they adjust to an outright ban on letting...

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant fee ban comes into effect this weekend

The Tenant Fees Act 2019, banning landlords and agents from charging fees to tenants, will come into effect on Saturday in...

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Is the deposit-free rental model a good idea?

When renting a property out, landlords recognise that it is important to take a deposit from the tenant and place it...

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Knockout event sees landlords and agents raise more than £18,000 for charity

The biggest white collar boxing event ever brought to the property industry, ‘Rumble with the Agents’, took place at The Holiday...

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

What do landlords need to know about the deposit cap?

The Tenant Fees Act, better known simply as the tenant fees ban, is coming into force from June 1 2019. It...

24 May 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Almost half of landlords expected to exit the PRS

Removing Section 21 could prove devastating for the private rented sector, with almost half of landlords and letting agents more likely...

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Londoners on housing benefits are ‘treated like second class citizens’

Renters in London are being discriminated against ‘because they are on benefits’, according to ITV News London. ITV News reporter Katie Barnfield...

21 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Welsh Renting Homes (Fees etc.) Bill receives Royal Assent

The ban on fees charged by landlords and letting agents in Wales will be introduced in September, after it received Royal...

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Questions raised about letting agents in England and Wales

Consumer organization Which? recently undertook a mystery-shopping exercise at 20 letting agents in England and Wales and unearthed some disappointed results,...

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Inventory provider anticipates a surge in tenant activity next month

Landlords and letting agents are being urged to prepare for a significant increase in tenant activity from the start of next...

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

New post-Brexit Right to Rent guidance issued by the government

New guidance on Right to Rent checks for EU citizens after Britain leaves the European Union has been published by the...

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

HMO drop-in events to be held in Manchester

Manchester City Council will hold a couple of HMO drop-in events over the next few days for private landlords and letting...

15 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant Fees Act 2019: Guidance for landlords and agents

New guidance for landlords and letting agents has been released by the government. The Tenant Fees Act 2019, which applies to England...

13 May 2019

From: Breaking News

New technology aims to provide greater gas safety accountability in the PRS

New technology has been launched in an attempt to improve gas safety accountability in the private rental sector. The existing system makes...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech startup launches new house hunting app for students

Polygon has launched a new mobile app designed to make it easier for students to house hunt. To help ensure that housemates...

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

New ‘Tenants' Tools’ launched by Marks Out Of Tenancy

Marks Out Of Tenancy, a letting review website, has launched ‘Tenants’ Tools’ for tenants to securely keep any tenancy-related images and...

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Daniel Gibson, director at Daniel Craig Residential

Who are you and what does it say on your business card?  My name is Daniel and I’m a director at...

30 April 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Rent rises slow despite a high number of landlords continuing to exit the PRS

The number of tenants experiencing rent increases dropped slightly in March thanks partly to a sharp rise in the number of...

26 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents rise as tenant fees ban looms

Private rental prices paid by tenants in the UK increased by 1.2% in the 12 months to March 2019, up from...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

When can you achieve the highest number of enquiries for rental listings?

Buy-to-let landlords and letting agents will find that they will typically achieve the highest number of leads during weekday evenings, with...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Q&A: Why landlords now need to watch out when taking payments from tenants

As many of you already know, the ban on tenant fees will come into force on 1 June 2019, and the...

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

What are people not willing to compromise on when renting property?

Many renters are relatively flexible in terms of the area that they are willing to live in, but there are plenty...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Mandatory Client Money Protection – what do landlords need to know?

On April 1 2019, the rental sector shifted into a new era of even greater professionalisation with the introduction of mandatory...

09 April 2019

From: Sponsored Content

The tenant fees ban in Wales is now inevitable

The ban on fees charged by landlords and letting agents in Wales will be introduced in September, subject to it receiving...

09 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New landlord management platform to pay tenants to find their replacement

A new property management platform, which is launching soon, is looking for landlords to sign up and test its systems for...

03 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New tenancy deposit replacement product launches

Another tenancy deposit replacement insurance scheme has been launched – this time by Goodlord. The property technology firm is offering the deposit...

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Greater protection for landlords as CMP is made compulsory for letting agents

All letting agents in England are now required to belong to an approved Client Money Protection scheme, a measure designed to...

01 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban set to be introduced in Wales

Landlords and letting agents will soon be banned from charging fees to private rental tenants in Wales after a Bill banning...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents increase as landlords ‘continue exiting the market’

The number of tenants experiencing rent increases in February rose to the highest figure since August, as supply of new property...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Petition against ‘No DSS’ Rightmove listings hit 40,000 signatures

An online petition calling on Rightmove to ban ‘No DSS’ wording in rental adverts has attracted more than 40,000 signatures. The petition...

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Zoopla’s decision to ban ‘No DSS’ adverts welcomed by landlord association

Zoopla’s decision to issue ‘blanket bans against tenants in receipt of housing-related benefits’ after announcing that it will end ‘No DSS’ wording...

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Four-year trend of rising rents ‘shows no signs of abating’

Private rental prices in the UK increased by 1.1% in the 12 months to February, according to the Office for National...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

TDS to host training events for landlords and letting agents

A new series of Academy events across the country designed to educate landlords and letting agents on the ins and outs...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

What issues can cause a property to be classed unfit under new law?

The new Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 will be introduced from tomorrow giving tenants the tenants the right to...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Zoopla to stop rental listings discriminating against benefits claimants

Zoopla will no longer allow letting agents and landlords to issue ‘blanket bans against tenants in receipt of housing-related benefits’ after...

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New workshops to improve relationships between agents, landlords and tenants

In a bid to improve relationships between letting agents, landlords, and tenants north of the border, fresh funding has been made...

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in number of letting agents offering Zero Deposit guarantee

There has been a significant increase in the number of letting agents signing up to the Zero Deposit Guarantee, which currently...

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New deposit protection training courses for landlords in Scotland

Landlords in Scotland are being offered an opportunity to attend new tenancy deposit adjudication workshops designed to offer training in tenancy...

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Government to clampdown on landlords discriminating against DSS tenants

The government plans to crackdown on BTL landlords and letting agents posting ‘no DSS’ adverts discriminating against tenants claiming housing benefit. Around...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New ‘Let it, don’t forget it’ fire safety campaign launched

A new fire safety campaign urging private sector landlords and letting agents to always abide by the law and install smoke...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Money Shield and NALS receive government approval as CMP scheme providers

Money Shield and the National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS) have become officially recognised Client Money Protection (CMP) Scheme operators after securing...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Major ‘blow for tenants’ as rents rise

The number of tenants experiencing rent increases in January rose for the first time since September 2018, according to ARLA Propertymark’s...

26 February 2019

From: Breaking News

CMP scheme allows landlords and tenants to claim money back from rogue agents

Landlords and tenants will continue to be able to claim back the entire amount of money that has been lost or...

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Positive news’ for landlords and tenants as new CMP scheme is approved

Client Money Protect, part of the Hamilton Fraser group, has been awarded consent to operate a client money protection scheme when...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Paul Shamplina, Founder and Director of Landlord Action and Brand Ambassador of Hamilton Fraser

Who are you?  Paul Shamplina What does it say on your business card? Founder and Director of Landlord Action and Brand Ambassador of...

15 February 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Buy-to-let remains a ‘lucrative investment’ as rents rise across the UK

Private rental prices paid by tenants in the UK rose by 1% in the 12 months to January 2019, unchanged from...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Lee Dahill, Director of Sales for the Today publications and The ValPal Network

Who are you? I’m the Director of Sales for both the well-known industry leading Today publications and The ValPal Network. Leading publications: Estate Agent Today,...

12 February 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Rents rise in prime London

Rental values in prime London increased by 1.9% in the fourth quarter of 2018 on the back of greater demand from...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to have their say on local licensing consultations

With several licensing consultations currently being run by local authorities across the country, the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is encouraging buy-to-let...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

How will the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 affect you?

Following the passing of Karen Buck’s Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 into law, it is important that landlords are aware...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Automated feeds service allows landlords to target potential student tenants

Accommodation for Students (AFS) has launched a new automated feeds service for buy-to-let landlords and letting agents, enabling them to instantly...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Private landlords and letting agents need to stick together

The so-called housing charity, Shelter, targeted Ludlow Thompson a few months back, asking its supporters to block the letting agent’s telephone...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

New petition calls for pet damage insurance to be paid by tenants with pets

Landlords and tenants are being urged to sign a new online petition calling for the government to better support tenants with...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants in for a ‘rocky ride this year’

Undoubtedly, 2018 was another tough year for landlords. With so many tax and regulatory changes over the past couple of years,...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting agent welcomes tenant fees ban as it ‘rights a flawed piece of legislation’

The government’s ban on tenant fees is good for business and will strengthen the relationship between landlords and tenants, according to...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit-free renting to be discussed on Radio 4 at 12.15pm today

Deposit-free renting will be a subject of discussion on the ‘You and Yours’ consumer affairs programme to be broadcast today on BBC...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Are you prepared for the letting fees ban?

After the Tenant Fees Bill received Royal Assent last week, landlords and letting agents will, from June 1st 2019, no longer...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue letting agents jailed for conning landlords and tenants

Three rogue directors of a letting agency in London who conned at least landlords and tenants out of more than £105,000 were...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

The tenant fees ban is now inevitable after gaining Royal Assent

The ban on fees charged by landlords and letting agents will be introduced in June after the Tenant Fees Bill passed...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

New landlord seminars to help landlords tackle disrepair in common areas

With research showing that around 61% of privately rented flats in Scotland currently have common areas like stairways and roofs in...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

New app launched to help you manage your buy-to-let portfolio

A new app has been launched to support landlords and ensure that they understand the complex landscape of residential property legislation,...

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

It’s simple: Immaculately presented rental properties will get a ‘higher price’

From furniture and lighting to bedding and tabletop items, there is a lot that can be done to improve a property’s...

17 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban set to come into force on 1 June 2019

The introduction of a ban on fees charged by landlords and letting agents look set to finally come into force on...

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Online letting agency launches new subscription model for landlords

It is becoming increasingly clear that some letting agents may not survive the tenant fee ban coming into force next spring...

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Zero Deposit set to become ‘major part of renting’ for agents, landlords and tenants

With a sharp rise in the number of letting agents signing up to the Zero Deposit Guarantee, underpinning hundreds of tenancies...

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings agents must show that they are worth the money

As landlords increasingly feel the squeeze, with their reduction in yields principally due to increased regulation and tax changes, they are questioning...

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Future Right to Rent system must be ‘reliable’ and treat people ‘fairly’

The government’s long-awaited White Paper on post-Brexit immigration policy, published last week, unveiled plans for a single, skills-based immigration system applying...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenancy deposit theft total exceeds £1.3m so far this year

The recent conviction of former letting agent Heather Crabb for illegally pocketing £260,000 from renters in Plymouth has contributed significantly to...

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Good news for landlords in NI as less than 1% of tenancies end with deposit dispute

Less than 1% of private tenancies in Northern Ireland ended in a dispute over the deposit in the 12 months to...

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

With excessive competition and ample supply, is there still demand for HMOs?

HMO properties look very good on paper. Why charge a single rent when you can charge four or five lots of...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Communication and technology can help landlords stay on top of rental arrears

Unfortunately some renters appear to view owing their landlord money as a cheap loan - a debt with 0% interest no...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords and tenants left £105,000 out of pocket by rogue letting agents

At least 19 landlords and tenants have been left £105,000 out of pocket by unscrupulous letting agents who ran London-based letting...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Growing number of tenants turning to letting agents to find a place to live

There has been a notable increase in the number of renters turning to lettings agents to find a new property, research...

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

New energy and void period management product launched

Goodlord has partnered with Octopus Energy to launch Goodlord Switch, a new energy switching and void period management product that it...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Government urged to rethink rent protection scheme

The government’s existing strategy to protect rent paid by tenants to letting agents will fail to provide adequate protection for landlords,...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Top tips for first-time landlords

Letting a home can be an intimidating task if you’re doing it for the first time. You may have deliberately entered...

06 December 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Rents set to rise in London next year

Rents in London are expected to increase further in 2019 due to the widening supply-demand imbalance in the capital’s rental market,...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental deposits to be capped at five weeks rent

The tenancy security deposits that tenants leave with landlords or their letting agents will be capped at a maximum of five...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Kinleigh Folkard and Hayward to offer Zero Deposit guarantee

Kinleigh Folkard and Hayward (KFH) has become the latest letting agency to sign up to the Zero Deposit guarantee, a tenant’s...

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords who reject tenants on housing benefits could be breaking equality laws

Thousands of landlords and lettings agents across the country could be flouting equality laws by rejecting housing benefit claimants, according to...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenant fee ban will not stop ‘hidden charges’

The government’s plan to introduce a ban on fees charged by landlords and letting agents is likely to come into force...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords invited to TDS adjudication training session in London

Tenant deposit protection scheme, TDS, will be hosting a half-day workshop in London in February, designed to give landlords and property...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenant Shop partners with ScottishPower to help landlords manage energy needs

Landlords, letting agents and tenants are being offered a bespoke void space solution when it comes to managing energy in their...

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Deposit free renting could be a ‘benefit to landlords’, says anti-deposit campaigner

With Universal Credit problems forcing a growing number of claimants into destitution and rent arrears, anti-deposit campaigner Ajay Jagota is urging more...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord left with more than £4,000 rent arrears by unscrupulous tenant

A buy-to-let landlord has been left with a major clean-up bill after a tenant from hell trashed his rented home in...

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

A ban on letting fees will have a ‘significant impact’ on the PRS in Wales

Landlords and letting agents could be banned from charging fees to private rental tenants in Wales under plans for a new...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Increasing the ‘financial burden’ faced by landlords is ‘bad news’ for the PRS

This week’s announcement that landlords will need to pay the first £3,500 to make improvements to their properties to ensure they...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenant Fees Bill reaches the committee stage in the House of Lords today

Tenant Fees Bill that will ban most charges set by landlords and letting agents to tenants in England will continue its...

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Ban of letting fees will see tenants living in poorest areas pay more – claim

Tenants living in some of the most deprived areas in England will face some of the steepest rent price hikes in...

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Autumn Budget delivers ‘another tax hit for landlords’ – industry reaction

Philip Hammond has once again failed to reverse the previous chancellor George Osborne’s deeply unpopular tax reforms that have had far-reaching...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Boost for renters as rent payments added to their credit score

Private tenants who pay their rent on time are set to benefit from better credit scores, after Experian said it was...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Almost a third of renters saw rents increase in September

Some 31% of private tenants saw their rent payments rise last month, up from 27% in September 2017 and 24% in...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords take a ‘long-term performance view of their portfolios’

The reversal of controversial alterations to mortgage interest relief and the scrapping of the 3% stamp duty surcharge on additional properties understandably...

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords to be offered training to deal with hike in rent arrears

Rent arrears are a real concern for a number of landlords across the UK, especially as it can have a significant...

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords accused of being involved in a ‘billion-pound scandal’

The government is being urged to take action to clampdown on landlords that fail to protect tenants’ deposits in an approved...

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Goodlord secures additional funding to help simplify renting process

PropTech startup Goodlord, which offers cloud-based software to help letting agents, landlords and tenants manage the rental process, has raised £7m...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents raise more than £26k for children’s charity

Over 200 letting agents assembled in Heathrow last month to raise more than £26,000 for children’s charity.   The two-day event, called Agent...

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

A third of tenants claim their landlord hasn’t put deposit in a protection scheme

Thousands of buy-to-let landlords are breaking the law by not putting their tenant’s deposit into a government-backed deposit tenancy deposit protection...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

All letting agents in Scotland must now be registered

All letting agents in Scotland must now be signed up to a new register in order to trade legally. The Letting Agent...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Are you ready for changes to Section 21 notices, from next week?

Buy-to-let landlords need to prepare themselves for changes to the Section 21 Notice coming into force next week. On 1st October 2018,...

27 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Less than a week for letting agents in Scotland to apply for mandatory register

Buy-to-let landlords in Scotland are being reminded that new rules have been introduced which affect the way letting agencies are able...

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Lib Dems want to introduce mandatory licences for private landlords

The Liberal Democrats once again called for the introduction of mandatory licensing for PRS homes as well as a publicly available...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Growing number of landlords using low-cost referencing app

We all know that landlords must carry out a series of vigorous checks on prospective tenants before letting a property, as...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Trading standards looking to clamp down on rogue landlords and letting agents

Trading Standards services in London are warning landlords and letting agents to ensure that they comply with the law and not...

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

New blockchain database to track changes in the PRS

Citylets has adopted blockchain technology to help track and store rental data in Scotland.   The Scottish property rental portal has teamed...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords face losing millions as government cracks down on letting fees

Landlords are set to lose out on millions of pounds through a clampdown on rental fees after the government yesterday announced...

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Zoopla and OTM’s rental listings are now available to view on Facebook

With the majority of people’s property searches beginning online, most landlords would naturally expect to see their rental properties listed on...

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords and letting agents turn to SAL to cope with regulation changes

There has been a significant increase in the number of landlords and letting agents joining Scotland’s largest membership organisation for landlords. The...

04 September 2018

From: Breaking News

House of Commons briefing paper on tenancy deposit schemes published

A briefing paper on tenancy deposit schemes has been published by the House of Commons ahead of the Report Stage and...

04 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Security advice for student landlords

As a new intake of students look forward to starting university, the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) has issued new advice to...

31 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Why would landlords want rent in arrears when they can get paid up front?

Thousands of private landlords across the country understandably reject housing benefit claimants despite accusations that they are discriminating against those on...

22 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Renting to students provide ‘some of the best yields in the country’

Student property is one of the best investments available at the moment, thanks to high demand for student housing ahead of...

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Have your say: Selective licensing being considered in parts of Leeds

People are being invited to share their views on the possible introduction of licensing for private sector rented housing in some...

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Some agents may ‘have missed the deadline’ to switch redress schemes

The Ombudsman Services (OS) is no longer handling consumer complaints in the property and housing sector after withdrawing from the industry. The...

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agent which withheld landlord’s rent ordered to pay compensation

A Lanarkshire-based letting firm has been told to stump up almost £1,000 in compensation to a disgruntled landlord after breaching the...

06 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental prices edge up again in Scotland

Rental prices in Scotland continued to edge upwards in the second quarter of the year, the latest figures reveal. The Scottish national...

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Does your letting agent belong to a valid redress scheme?

When a tenant paid his initial one month’s rent in addition to a tenancy deposit in exchange for the keys to...

01 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords could save more than £1,300 a year on letting agent fees – claim

Buy-to-let landlords could save hundreds, if not thousands of pounds every year by not instructing a letting agent to let their property. The...

01 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Rising rents hit a 10-month high

There was a further rise in the number of tenants in the private rented sector experiencing a rent hike in June...

27 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Fixflo launches new landlord survey – have your say

Buy-to-let landlords across the UK are being invited to have their say on what they think of letting agents and other...

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenancy deposit theft total hits almost £1m in just six months

Rogue letting agents and landlords have reportedly been convicted of stealing almost £1m worth of tenancy deposits so far this year,...

17 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Proposed changes will lead to an increase in costs for landlords – claim

The Welsh Assembly is being urged to reconsider the bill to ban tenants’ fees in Wales due to concerns that that...

12 July 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA Propertymark launches licensing scheme database

ARLA Propertymark has launched a new database in partnership with GetRentr, a technology platform which automatically monitors property portfolios for compliance...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Legislative changes will lead to ‘increased professionalism’ in Scotland

It’s been a perfect storm of government changes for buy-to-let investors over the past couples of years, with more coming down...

09 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agents accused of failing tenants

Letting agents are being accused of failing tenants, after a small group of cowboy agents showed prospective tenants around mouldy properties...

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord couple want to see letting agent banned over unpaid rent

A couple who claim they are owed thousands of pounds in unpaid rent have called for a ban on the letting...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

More tenants faced rent rises in May

There was an increase in the number of tenants in the private rented sector experiencing a rent increase in May compared...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

New government guidance to clampdown on rogue landlords and agents

The government has launched new online information designed to help renters and landlords know their rights. The rental guides, published by the...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Licencing doesn’t work’, says ARLA Propertymark

The government’s decision to review how selective licensing is used across the private rental sector in order to find out how well...

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Telford & Wrekin Council handed £388k cash boost to tackle rogue landlords

The government is hoping to improve standards in the private rented sector in Telford by handing £388,925 to Telford & Wrekin...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Cap tenant deposits at three weeks as part of ‘fairer deal’ for renters, say Labour

The tenancy security deposits that tenants leave with landlords or their letting agents should be capped at a maximum of three...

19 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp decline in the number of homes to let

The UK is facing a critical rental shortage as many landlords continue to offload properties due to recent tax a change,...

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban set to be introduced in Wales

Landlords and letting agents could soon be banned from charging fees to private tenants in Wales under plans for a new...

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in number of young people applying for a rent guarantor

There has been a significant increase in the number of students and young professionals applying for a rent guarantor to secure...

12 June 2018

From: Breaking News

London council extends licensing scheme to five additional wards

One of the most active councils in London when it comes to prosecuting rogue landlords and letting agents has now extended...

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Charity event sees Draker host exclusive film preview for landlords

Draker letting agents hosted an exclusive charity film screening of Studio 54 at the Soho Hotel for 100 landlords last week....

08 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Jump in landlords leaving the PRS

The number private landlords selling their buy-to-let properties reached a record high in April due to a raft of recent tax...

01 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords advised to prepare for letting fees ban

Buy-to-let landlords are being urged to prepare for the introduction of the letting fees ban, which will make it illegal to...

31 May 2018

From: Breaking News

The South West’s biggest landlord exhibition returns to Bristol

There are a number of key changes facing private landlords at the moment, which is why this year’s Landlord Expo, to...

29 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agents in Burnley praised for providing tenants with ‘top class service’

Two leading letting agents in Burnley have become the latest to be recognised for their professional approach to looking after their...

25 May 2018

From: Breaking News

All rogue landlords to be ‘named and shamed’ in the capital

Criminal landlords across London will be named and shamed on an online database after all London boroughs signed up to a rogue...

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Greater demand for The Property Ombudsman services

The Property Ombudsman (TPO) scheme has released its latest annual report revealing an increase in the number of consumers contacting the...

17 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to take action to offset higher letting agent fees

Buy-to-let landlords are being advised to think seriously about how they can recoup costs to help pay for higher letting agents...

15 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue letting agents fined £14k for unlicensed HMOs in Camden

Two letting agents have been hit with £14,000 fines for unlicensed shared properties in Camden, north London. The two rogue letting agents...

14 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Third of landlords thinking of quitting BTL sector due to ‘challenging’ tenants

MakeUrMove is warning that a significant number of buy-to-let landlords are thinking about quitting the private rented sector due to problem tenants...

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenant Fees Bill ‘could lead to rent rises’, says RLA

The government’s Tenant Fees Bill now introduced to the Commons is a ‘missed opportunity’ to make quicker and more lasting improvements in...

04 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban will hit tenants hardest, says ARLA Propertymark

The ban on letting fees charged by landlords and letting agents is on its way, along with new rules on deposits,...

03 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental deposits to be capped at six weeks rent

The tenancy security deposits that tenants leave with landlords or their letting agents will be capped at a maximum of six...

03 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Renters face rent hikes amid tax changes

Almost a quarter of tenants experienced rent hikes in March as landlords are left with little alternative but to pass higher...

27 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Bidding war for properties to rent

With demand from tenants gathering pace, at a time when there has been a reduction in the number of new properties...

26 April 2018

From: Breaking News

David Salusbury, former NLA chairman passes away

David Salusbury, the former chairman of the National Landlords Association (NLA), the UK Association of Letting Agents (UKALA), and of mydeposits,...

24 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants should be able to improve credit score by paying rent on time

RentalStep has added its voice to growing calls for rent payments to be added to a tenant’s credit score. The PropTech startup supports...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Vetting tenants to ensure they are all they seem

Tenant referencing provides all the background information on prospective tenants, helping landlords and letting agents make an educated choice about who...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords in the north of England more likely to face void periods

Void periods are inevitable. But no landlords wants to experience excessive or lengthy void periods as that can significantly impact the...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Plans to clamp down on rogue landlords in Doncaster

Doncaster Council’s Cabinet will be discussing new ways to tackle rogue landlords at their meeting later today. The proposal is to introduce...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

New banning orders will ensure tenants live in ‘safe and good quality’ homes

Unscrupulous landlords who rent out substandard properties face being driven out of the private rented sector as new banning orders are...

06 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Milton Keynes Council vow to ‘get tough’ on shoddy landlords

Rogue landlords in Milton Keynes are being put on notice as the local council announces a new ‘tough approach’, including the...

06 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Secret database of rogue landlords and agents deemed ‘pointless’

ARLA Propertymark has slammed the new database of rogue landlords and letting agents, which will come into effect from tomorrow, as...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Number of rental properties continues to fall

The number of homes available to rent in the UK dropped in February to a 21 month low which letting agents...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords who refuse to let to tenants on DSS are “beyond bonkers”

Buy-to-let landlords who reject housing benefit claimants could be breaking the law. A recent legal case which saw single mother Rosie Keogh...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Deposit cap risks leaving landlords out of pocket at the end of the tenancy

Plans to cap the security deposits that tenants leave with landlords or their letting agents at no more than six weeks...

22 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agents’ fees ban – is the balance changing in favour of tenants?

Recent research from Fixflo shows that nearly 42% of all agents in the UK believe the looming letting fees ban will...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Spotlight on London: Influencing the Capital’s Expanding HMO market

While rental growth may have slowed in London over recent months, the appetite to invest in HMO properties across the capital...

15 March 2018

From: Sponsored Content

TDS sets new Academy course dates

Deposit protection scheme, TDS, has announced 20 new dates for its ‘Academy’ training events running over the next year across England...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Average tenancy deposit exceeds £1,500 in major cities, Dlighted claims

The average tenancy deposit paid by tenants in Britain’s largest cities now stands at £1,057, with deposits for properties in London and...

12 March 2018

From: Breaking News

How will Brexit affect the rental market in 2018?

There has been much debate about Brexit and how it will impact the property market and the economy as a whole. ...

02 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Government launches major private rented sector survey

Buy-to-let landlords and letting agents working in the private rented sector in England are being invited to offer their views in...

01 March 2018

From: Breaking News

The cost of renting in Scotland rises amid proposed rent controls

There was a sharp rise in the number of tenants that saw their rent costs increase north of the border last...

01 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenancy deposit theft total hits £750k so far this year

Rogue letting agents have reportedly been convicted of stealing more than £750,000 worth of tenancy deposits so far this year –...

27 February 2018

From: Breaking News

How can landlords keep tenants happy?

Over recent months, the government and leading housing charities have put increasing pressure on landlords to improve the quality of rental...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Nine out of ten landlords would like to ditch letting agents and go it alone

A number of buy-to-let landlords currently do not use letting agents to find or manage properties, and it has been suggested...

15 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Government must support ‘prominent role’ the PRS plays in housing sector

A mix of tax reforms and tighter regulation for the buy-to-let sector must not prevent private landlords from being able to...

12 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Ombudsman Services moves away from ‘broken’ housing market

Using an ombudsman has long been a pretty successful way of trying to resolve a complaint with a property firm without...

07 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental stock hits all-time high

The number of properties letting agents managed in December reached a record-high, according to ARLA Propertymark’s December Private Rented Sector (PRS) report. The 200 properties...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

New deposit protection training for landlords in Norwich

Landlords in Norwich are being offered an opportunity to attend a couple of workshops designed to give landlords and property professionals...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

More than half of Brits face issues with agents

More than half of those who bought, sold or rented a home in the last five years had issues with their...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Arthur Jones: Business Development Manager at Glide

Who are you?   Arthur Jones, I’m Glide’s London Business Development Manager. I joined Glide in November 2016 to head up London. My...

18 January 2018

From: 60 Second Interview

Landlords urged to be ready for next year’s letting fees crackdown

The government announced yesterday that the implementation of the ban on letting agents’ fees levied on tenants will not take place...

11 January 2018

From: Breaking News

What does 2018 have in store for landlords?

Undoubtedly, 2017 was another tough year for landlords. With so many legislative changes in the last 18 months (wear and tear...

05 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenancy deposit theft total hits £926k in 2017

Rogue letting agents were reportedly convicted of stealing just over £926,000 worth of tenancy deposits in 2017, fresh analysis from deposit-free...

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord database ‘will save lives’ says LFB

The mayor of London’s decision to launch a new public online database which ‘names and shames’ rogue landlords and letting agents...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New database leaves rogue landlords with ‘nowhere to hide’

The mayor of London Sadiq Khan yesterday launched a new public online database which ‘names and shames’ dodgy landlords and letting...

20 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Protect tenants by regulating letting agents, says property manager

All letting agents should be regulated and required to have minimum training qualifications in order to reduce the number of rogue...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

UK rents set to rise in 2018, latest forecast suggests

Rent prices will increase next year, according to the latest property market analysis. Shortages of suitable properties to let and greater demand...

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New auction platform allows prospective tenants to bid for rental properties online

A new online property auction platform is launching that enables estate agents to add an auction element to both sales and...

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords sell up as buy-to-let crackdown bites

The past few months have seen a number of buy-to-let investors sell up, and this is expected to place upward pressure...

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Database of rogue landlords and agents to be introduced in April

It has been confirmed that a database of rogue landlords and letting agents as well as new banning orders will be...

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Four in five tenants deterred by a bad property advert or viewing

Some 80% of prospective tenants have been put off renting a property through a letting agent due to a misleading property...

01 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting fees crackdown may deter many landlords from using agents

The government’s plan to ban letting agents in England from charging fees to tenants will deter up to 30% of buy-to-let...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental supply falls in October as letting agents predict price rises

The supply of rental properties fell by 3.7% during October when compared to the previous month, according to fresh data from...

28 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Almost 3,800 landlords could face fines for illegally renting out properties

There is growing concern that thousands of buy-to-let landlords could face fines and possibly even prosecution for failing to sign up...

27 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Chancellor Philip Hammond is blasted for failing to act on ‘punitive tax changes’

Chancellor Philip Hammond has been slammed by Belvoir for failing to address taxes on buy-to-let landlords imposed by his predecessor George...

24 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Does your letting agent clearly display all their fees?

It is a statutory duty for letting agents to fully publicise the fees they charge to landlords and tenants, and yet...

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords face compulsory ombudsman scheme

In order to solve tenant disputes, landlords will soon be required to register with a redress scheme, helping to improve operating...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Cleaning remains the number one cause of deposit disputes

When renting out a property, most landlords opt to take a deposit from the tenant before the tenancy starts. The deposit...

09 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenant had the ‘legal right’ to break back into landlord’s property, says council

Havering Council has defended its decision to advise a tenant to break back into a rental property that she had vacated...

08 November 2017

From: Breaking News

New renting platform cuts ‘out the middle agent’ to ensure ‘happier tenancies’

A new online property letting website backed by newspaper publisher Trinity Mirror has been launched, offering to cut out the role...

08 November 2017

From: Breaking News

No Letting Go backs calls for mandatory inventories

For a long time, fair wear and tear has been a grey area for landlords and letting agents alike, and because...

07 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Legislation and technology is giving more power to tenants

As the letting fees ban looms ahead, it is clear that however it plays out we are seeing more and more...

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Ban on letting fees must not leave any exploitable loopholes, say Lib Dems

The government’s decision to introduce a draft bill to parliament this week to ban letting agents and landlords from charging introductory...

03 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Draft Tenant Fees Bill is a ‘step in the right direction’

The government introduced a draft bill to parliament yesterday to ban letting agents and landlords from charging introductory fees to tenants...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental deposits to be capped at six weeks rent

The security deposits that tenants leave with landlords or their letting agents will be capped at no more than six weeks...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords and letting agents urged to sign mandatory inventories petition

A new petition has been launched calling for independent inventory reporting to become a compulsory requirement. The petition, which has been created...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Increasing rents putting pressure on tenants

More than a quarter of letting agents saw a rise in rents last month, raising concerns about tenant affordability. Some 27% of...

30 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agent rating system provides landlords with ‘independent reviews’

When letting a property, many of us turn to letting agents for help, and as many of you will know, not...

26 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Make CMP mandatory on agents ‘at the earliest opportunity’ government told

Given that thousands of landlords and tenants are not protected by client money protection (CMP), placing money held by letting agents are...

25 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Why Right to Rent imperfections shouldn’t concern pragmatic landlords

The findings of the BBC investigation into ID fraud linked to Right to Rent checks will come as no surprise to...

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Call to protect tenants in Wales from ‘unjust fees and rogue landlords’

The secretary of state for Wales has called for greater protections for tenants and a crackdown on rogue landlords in Wales. Welsh...

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenancy deposit theft total hits £850k so far this year

The recent conviction of letting agent Lee Grace for illegally keeping £45,000 of tenancy deposits has contributed significantly to the near...

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord immigration checks fuelling ‘black market’

A scheme requiring landlords to check the immigration status of new tenants is fuelling a ‘black market in forged Ids’, a...

17 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New inquiry into PRS welcomed by letting agents

The decision to launch a new inquiry into the private rented sector has been welcomed by letting agents. The Communities and Local...

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New licensing for private landlords in West London

A new licensing system in the West London neighbourhoods of Hammersmith, Shepherd’s Bush, Fulham, Chiswick and Ealing aims to protect landlords...

12 October 2017

From: Sponsored Content

New HMO changes good for tenants, and landlords too

Local authorities now have greater powers to control properties rented out in their areas, thanks to changes in the mandatory HMO...

12 October 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Rents continue to rise across the UK

The average cost of renting a property in the UK rose by 2.1% in September, while tenants in the capital faced...

10 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Minimise conflicts by educating landlords and tenants, says expert

While the majority of landlords, tenants and letting agents do act responsibly, disputes still occur, which can sometimes end up involving...

05 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Ban on agents' letting fees – is there a power shift towards tenants?

New research from Fixflo shows that nearly 42% of all agents in the UK believe the looming letting fees ban will...

05 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents welcome government’s pledge to ‘regulate’ the PRS

The Conservative Party’s pledge to give tenants greater rights as part of a regulatory shake-up of the private rented sector has...

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Sky-high tenant deposits ‘have spiralled out of control’

With many landlords and letting agents now demanding tenant deposits equivalent to six weeks, many renters across the country are required...

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Direct Line Group acquires stake in rental market disrupter Canopy

Direct Line Group has announced that it has taken a 15% equity stake in Canopy, a rental market disruptor founded last...

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords will be forced to register with an ombudsman redress scheme

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid, yesterday pledged to offer private sector tenants’ greater rights by...

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

‘Bleak picture’ for tenants as rents continue to rise

A growing number of landlords are passing extra costs onto tenants by increasing rents, while others are simply opting to exit...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents under ‘increasing pressure’ from changing legislation

It is currently a challenging time for letting agents, following a raft of changes introduced by the government prompting concern that...

25 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Independent inventories for student properties are ‘invaluable’, says AIIC

For a long time, fair wear and tear has been a grey area for landlords and letting agents alike, and because...

21 September 2017

From: Breaking News

New industry alliance to lobby on behalf of landlords

With almost a quarter of existing buy-to-let landlords thinking about exiting the private rented sector and many more planning to increase...

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental market in Scotland ‘remains in good shape’ despite ban on fees

It is currently a challenging time for letting agents, following a raft of changes introduced by the government prompting concern that...

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Complaints against letting agents soar

With more sales and letting agent branches than ever before now signed up to redress schemes, partly because it has been...

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords and agents invited to have their say on proposed licensing scheme

Private landlords and letting agents in Wisbech, a market town in Fenland, Cambridgeshire, are being invited to offer their views this...

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Survey finds 31% of landlords ‘unaware of proposed letting fee ban

Almost a third of buy-to-let landlords are unaware of the proposals for a draft bill banning letting agent fees, according to...

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Proposed ban on letting agent fees will drive up rents, says ARLA

Letting agents will compensate for potential losses resulting from a future ban on letting agent fees paid by tenants by increasing...

05 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Your letting agent could save you thousands by reviewing rent collection

Private landlords are being urged to only instruct letting agents that adopt a modern approach to rent payments so that they...

31 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords are ‘stuck between a rock and a hard place’ as rents rise

Private landlords faced with significantly higher costs, as a result of recent tax changes, are being left with little alternative but...

25 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Council approve revised selective licensing scheme

City councillors in Nottingham have approved a new licensing scheme aimed at improving housing standards in the city’s private rented sector.  Following...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Families and professionals ‘most likely to experience rent rises’

Rents are likely to rise in the third quarter of year as fewer rental homes come on to the market because...

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Why are landlords turning student tenants down?

After a lifetime with the parents, students naturally want to let their hair down before the serious study starts, and that...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Top tips for getting tenancy deposit protection right

Despite the anti-landlord policies adopted by the government, many investors continue to be drawn to the buy-to-let market as the returns...

31 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing shortage drives up rents

A chronic shortage of properties continues to drive rental prices upwards across the country, according to the Association of Residential Letting...

28 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents expelled by TPO following landlord and tenant complaints

After a tenant paid his rent, he did not expect a few weeks later to be contacted by the landlord wanting...

28 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Online property support service continues to grow with more field agents

Access 2 View, the online support service that provides landlords and letting agents with a range of services, including property management,...

21 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Discover Legal Advice For Landlords With The Experts At Tozers Solicitors

The Landlord team at Tozers Solicitors act for a wide variety of landlords, from social landlords with a mixed portfolio of...

19 July 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Rent Smart Wales licence breach leads to fine

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay more than £4,000 after being prosecuted for breaching new laws demanding that all...

18 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Ensure your homes stand out from the crowd with ‘beautifully enhanced photos’

Have you ever viewed a property listing of a property for sale or to let on the internet and wondered what...

12 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords urged to tackle the problem of damp and condensation

Buy-to-let landlords are being encouraged to improve the standard of their rental properties by keeping them free from damp, condensation and...

11 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Do you meet new scheme’s ethical letting standards?

A new ‘Rent with Confidence’ scheme, which features a list of approved landlords and letting agents, has been created by local...

11 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords and Tenants Get the Ultimate Cleaning Checklist for your Property

Having a cleaning checklist to ensure your property is in a good condition is essential for both landlords and tenants. Award-winning...

07 July 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Reality TV show fails to reveal any great insights into the PRS

Landlords Dan and Jamie started building their property portfolio at the age of 19. Still in their early 20s, they now...

07 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents outside London remain steady despite jump in available supply

Asking rents outside London continue to hold up despite an increase in the number of rental homes on the market, according...

07 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenants feel the heat as rents rise

More than a quarter of letting agents saw private rents rise in May despite an increase in the supply of rental...

03 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Plans to cap tenancy deposits will have major implications for tenants

The government’s proposals to cap tenancy deposits at no more than one month’s rent, as announced in the Queen’s Speech, will...

03 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Would you ‘let’ your property go under the hammer?

A new rental auction platform was officially launched at an event at The Shard last night. LetsBid4Lets’ software is now available to...

30 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Investing in property could ‘soon cease to be financially viable’

A host of Brexit bills dominated last week’s Queens’s speech, while there were also a few main non-Brexit proposals announced outlining...

27 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Some agents welcome the government’s plans to cut tenants fees

The proposed ban on any letting fees charged to tenants by landlords and letting agents is widely viewed as a draconian...

26 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Inclusion of letting agency fee ban in Queen’s Speech ‘reeks of desperation’

The Queen’s Speech was unsurprisingly dominated by Brexit, with a host of proposed new laws designed to prepare the UK for...

22 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenancy deposits to be capped

When renting out a property, most landlords or their letting agents opt to take an upfront deposit from the tenant prior...

22 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Save on tax: 10 ways to potentially cut what you pay to HMRC

Very few of us enjoy filling in a tax return. But here are a few suggestions put forward by London based...

21 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Thousands of landlords are ditching letting agents to go it alone

With landlords’ purse strings being tightened by tax changes and a mortgage squeeze, a growing number of buy-to-let investors are choosing...

20 June 2017

From: Breaking News

NLA launches free tenant-finding service for its members

The National Landlord Association (NLA) has launched a free tenant finding service for its 70,000-plus members and teaming up with the...

16 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Home renting bidding site set to launch this month

The popularity of property auctions in the UK has increased enormously in recent years, supported by popular TV shows such as...

09 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Number of rental homes coming on to the market drops sharply

The number of properties coming on to the private rental market continues to fall, driving up rents across many parts of...

07 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Rise in number of landlords using letting agents may not be sustainable

The recent increase in the proportion of landlords who use a letting agent to help manage their property will naturally be...

02 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord in Newport becomes first to be fined under Rent Smart Wales scheme

A buy-to-let landlord in Newport has become the first to be prosecuted for breaching new laws demanding that all private landlords...

01 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Average tenancy deposit edges closer to £1,000

  The average tenancy deposit paid by tenants in England and Wales now stands at £967.84, with deposits of properties with a...

31 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Supply of rental homes in London falls by a third

The number of rental homes available in London dropped sharply in April, while only increasing marginally across the rest of the...

26 May 2017

From: Breaking News

TPO appoints new council chair

When a tenant paid his initial one month’s rent in addition to a tenancy deposit in exchange for the keys to...

23 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental market activity slows sharply

There was a significant fall in both the number of new listings and properties let last month, as a lack of...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Here are the UK’s best letting agents as rated by tenants

The ESTAS, a kite mark of excellent service for property professionals, has announced the winners of the Letting Agents of the...

16 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Revealed: The best letting agents in your area as rated by landlords

Complaints against letting agents often make the headlines, but the reality is that most tenants and landlords are happy with the...

15 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords contribute £15.9bn a year to UK economy, study finds

Buy-to-let landlords currently contribute £15.9bn per year to the British economy through pre-tax spending on running their portfolios, which is more...

12 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Reform the private rented sector so that it is fit for purpose, says expert

Stronger enforcement and streamlining of legislation in the private rental sector is urgently required to ensure the abolishment of what is in...

10 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents in London fell for the first time since 2009 in April

Rents in London have recorded their first annual drop for eight years, according to the latest HomeLet Rental Index. In April, the...

08 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Free open day for private landlords in Stirling

Private landlords in Stirling may be interested in attending a free private rented sector open day and conference to be hosted...

05 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Boost for renters as poll shows little public support for tenant fees

The government’s proposed ban on letting agents charging tenant fees has gained significant support from members of the general public, while...

04 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord licence plan consultation postponed until after election

A major consultation on a proposed new landlord license scheme has been delayed until after the general election. The idea of introducing...

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Criminal landlords to be ‘named and shamed’ in London

The mayor of London Sadiq Khan has vowed to crackdown on criminal landlords by ensuring that they are ‘named and shamed’...

27 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in landlords quitting the PRS

There has been a significant increase in the number of landlords exiting the buy-to-let sector due to higher stamp duty costs...

26 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body calls for either an extension or suspension of letting fees consultation

The consultation period for the proposed ban on letting agents’ fees in England should either be extended or suspended until after...

26 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Renters feel let down by ‘dishonest and unethical’ letting agents, claims study

For both parties, a good landlord-tenant relationship is great for everyone involved, but that rapport can sometimes be ruined by ‘dishonest...

26 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Just the two of us: Building a successful landlord-tenant relationship

Since 2004, the private rental sector has almost doubled in size to 4.5 million households. This may be good news, but this...

25 April 2017

From: Breaking News

2017 tenancy deposit theft total passes £300k

The recent conviction of letting agent Thirunga Damayantharan for illegally keeping £15,000 of tenancy deposits has taken the total value of...

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords and agents need ‘certainty about the market’s regulatory future’

Following a raft of changes, including tax measures, in the buy-to-let sector, the government has now published its consultation on banning...

10 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Proposed ban on letting agent fees will deter longer term tenancies, says ARLA

Tenants will not benefit from the government’s ban on letting agent fees - because the costs will be passed on in...

10 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental values slow as supply increases

Rent asking prices so far in 2017 have slowed to their lowest level since the final quarter of 2014, following a...

07 April 2017

From: Breaking News

The DPS has played a ‘massive role’ in driving up standards in the PRS

The Deposit Protection Service (The DPS) is celebrating a decade of custodial deposit protection this week as it marks the 10th...

07 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let is becoming a ‘less attractive investment for landlords’, says ARLA

The past year has been a challenging time for landlords, following a raft of changes introduced by the government, prompting concern...

04 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Proposed licence is a stealth tax and ‘hard-hit’ landlords ‘have had enough’

Private landlords in Telford have reacted furiously to plans by Telford & Wrekin Council to introduce a Selective Licensing in parts...

30 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Cleaning is the main cause for deposit disputes between landlords and tenants

The most common cause of a tenancy deposit dispute in the private rented property sector is cleaning, while disputes over rent...

30 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Luke Burton, Sales & Marketing Director at Rent4sure

What does it say on your business card? Luke Burton Sales and Marketing Director, Rent4sure Who is Rent4sure? Rent4sure, is an established tenant referencing company. We provide...

29 March 2017

From: 60 Second Interview

Greater protection for landlords as CMP to be made compulsory for letting agents

There was good news for landlords and tenants yesterday after the government took measures to prevent rogue letting agents stealing your...

29 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenant fees ban could leave landlords facing lengthy void periods

Changes to letting agent fees could lead to increased rent arrears and higher repossessions as a consequence of a potential reduction...

28 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenant referencing firm celebrates helping millionth tenant move home

Rent4sure made history last week when they helped their one millionth tenant move property. The tenant referencing company, which now helps over...

23 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting fees crackdown will not deter landlords from using agents

The government’s plan to ban letting agents in England from charging fees to tenants will not deter the vast majority of...

21 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords facing £610 licences to rent out properties in Telford

Telford & Wrekin Council has launched a consultation on its plans to introduce a Selective Licensing in parts of Telford in...

16 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Chancellor fails to deliver for buy-to-let landlords

Despite pressure from the property industry, including landlords, letting agents and housebuilders, the chancellor Philip Hammond opted not to reverse the...

09 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Mayor of London urges short-term agents to bring in 90-day limit

Short-term letting agents in the capital are being urged by the Mayor of London to follow Airbnb’s lead by blocking hosts...

07 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Many landlords are failing to protect tenancy deposits

A number of landlords putting their property investments - probably their biggest assets - at risk by failing to comply with...

02 March 2017

From: Breaking News

New training opportunities launched for landlords and agents

For many people buy-to-let continues to look an attractive income investment at a time of low saving rates and stock market...

27 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing shortage set to drive up rents

Rental prices look set to increase in the coming months on the back of a growing supply-demand imbalance, the latest Private...

24 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Why buy-to-let is still going strong

Over the past two years we have seen a drastic shake up in the buy-to-let sector. Starting with rental tax changes announced...

23 February 2017

From: Breaking News

PRS charity project awarded £250k lottery funding

An initiative designed to promote equality and diversity in the private rented sector in Wales has been awarded a £249,425 lottery...

22 February 2017

From: Breaking News

List your properties on student property portal for free

But-to-let landlords are being invited to post their property advertisements for free on FreshRent, the student accommodation search website. FreshRent, which was...

20 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Maintenance reporting added to private landlord app

Private landlords who use Rentr, the property management app, can now take full advantage of a new complete maintenance reporting solution...

09 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Small landlords are ‘vital to the health of our rental sector’

Letting agents broadly welcomed yesterday’s housing white paper, which raises many of the significant issues the housing sector is facing, including...

08 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Leaked email exposes unregistered landlords

An investigation has been launched after details of hundreds of landlords who have not yet registered on a Wales-wide scheme were...

06 February 2017

From: Breaking News

UK rental price growth continues to cool, HomeLet says

Rents across the UK are continuing to cool down, according the HomeLet Rental Index. The annual rate of rental price inflation fell to...

03 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords warned to be wary of rogue contractors

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) is reminding us to remain vigilant to unscrupulous maintenance contractors. To help avoid being ripped...

02 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting fees crackdown will have a ‘negative impact’ on the rental market

The Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) has reiterated its call for the government to reconsider banning letting agents in England...

01 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenancy deposit schemes are ‘in urgent need of reform’

The recent closure of Morgan Hampton letting agents in Wimborne, Dorset, has been ceased upon by the CEO of Keep It...

31 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental demand drops to two-year low

Demand for rented homes has fallen to a two-year low, while the supply of properties to rent has edged up marginally,...

30 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Council launches consultation on new selective licensing scheme

Nottingham City Council has launched a public consultation on plans to introduce a selective landlord licensing scheme in the city. The consultation,...

19 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Annual price growth continues to slow as rents hit an affordability ceiling

Annual rental price growth slowed to just 1.7% in December, which was less than half the 3.8% increase recorded in December 2015,...

11 January 2017

From: Breaking News

New podcasts designed to ‘educate’ buy-to-let landlords

Private renting policy changes will undoubtedly challenge many private landlords, and could even drive some small buy-to-let investors out of the...

09 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents set to rise further as demand will continue to outstrip supply in 2017

The substantial imbalance between supply and demand is likely to persist, maintaining upward pressure on rental prices in 2017, according to...

03 January 2017

From: Breaking News

A good relationship with tenants is a must

Every tenant wants to be comfortable; he or she wants to live in a place managed by a landlord that they...

23 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Have you bought Christmas presents for your tenants yet?

You’ve been shopping and shopping, and you’ve just about found something for everyone, but have you bought Christmas gifts for your...

23 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Vast majority of letting agents expect rents to rise in 2017

Rents will continue to increase next year, owed in part to a reduction in housing supply in the private rented sector...

20 December 2016

From: Breaking News

This service can help landlords save almost £2,000 a year

It is not the best time to be a buy-to-let landlord, with a raft of ‘anti-landlord’ policies being introduced prompting concern...

19 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Why does the government have it in for buy-to-landlords?

In the UK, we have a chronic shortage of housing. Apparently we need 200,000 new houses a year but last year...

17 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Government consults over ‘banning orders’ for rogue landlords

The government has launched an official consultation process on plans to for new banning orders to clampdown on rogue landlords and...

17 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Nearly half of landlords would ditch their agent if profits fell

Almost half of buy-to-let landlords say they would dump their letting agent if their profits started to drop, fresh research from...

14 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let valuation instructions plummet 18.5%

Buy-to-let valuation instructions have dropped sharply since the stamp duty surcharge was introduced on additional properties – and now the government’s...

07 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Enforcement is ‘fundamental’ to ensure criminal landlords are prosecuted

New measures under the Immigration Act 2016, which came into play yesterday, will only be welcomed by those operating in the...

02 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let landlords likely to increase rents to offset higher costs

There are growing fears that tenants will end up bearing the cost of the government’s decision to ban letting agents' fees...

29 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Are more landlords about to ditch letting agents and go it alone?

A significant number of buy-to-let landlords do not use letting agents to find or manage properties, and it has been suggested...

28 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Thousands of landlords could face fines for illegally renting out properties

There is growing concern that thousands of buy-to-let landlords could face fines and possibly even prosecution for failing to sign up...

28 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Is this product set to become a ‘Genius’ piece of inventory software for landlords?

A new web-based inventory software system called Inventory Genius, designed to take the hassle and legal pitfalls out of the inventory...

25 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Autumn Statement ‘missed opportunity’ to support buy-to-let landlords

Buy-to-let landlords have been left disappointed at the 'missed opportunity' in the Autumn Statement to support those that invest in the...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Average rents drop but landlords continue to see ‘impressive yields’

Private rents dropped marginally in October compared to the previous month, according to the latest figures from letting agents Your Move. The...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Scrapping agent fees set to lead to higher rents

Letting agents in England will be banned from charging fees to tenants under plans announced by the chancellor in his Autumn...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Where are the cheapest and most expensive tenant fees in the UK?

The chancellor Philip Hammond may have announced in the Autumn Statement that letting agents in England will be banned from charging...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Licensing delays mean no action against landlords who’ve obeyed the law

Landlords in Wales who have not yet signed up to Rent Smart Wales, but have started the application process will not...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

New selective licensing sessions for landlords

Understanding property licensing is not an easy task and that is why two drop-in sessions will be held by Peterborough City...

22 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Midnight deadline looms for landlords to register in Wales

Landlords in Wales who have not yet signed up to Rent Smart Wales, designed to drive up the quality of rented...

22 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Tenant arrears set to soar

Tenant defaults could increase significantly over the next 12 months amid reports that many buy-to-let landlords plan to increase rents next...

19 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Free safety information event for landlords

Landlords and letting agents are being invited to attend a free drop-in event taking place next month that will provide information about...

15 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords at risk of ‘penalties, stopping orders and prosecution’

With less than two weeks until the new registration and licensing system in Wales, Rent Smart Wales, becomes a mandatory requirement, thousands...

10 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Don’t let damp and mould damage your property

Damp and mould can mean big problems for landlords, letting agents and tenants. It can cause stress and even health issues...

02 November 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Prevention is better than cure when it comes to condensation and mould

It is that time of year again when landlords and letting agents start receiving numerous telephone calls from tenants complaining about...

01 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Number of older tenants set to soar, but ‘awful conditions’ must improve

The number of older people living in the private rented sector is expected to rise sharply over the next few years,...

29 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords overwhelmingly support compulsory client money protection

Four out of five buy-to-let landlords believe that client money protection (CMP) should be made compulsory when they use a letting...

29 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Rental supply hits 18-month high

The supply of private rental homes hit an 18-month high in September, but fewer letting agents report increasing rents, while the...

25 October 2016

From: Breaking News

More work needed to reduce tenancy deposit disputes

Considerably more must be done to help reduce the number of tenancy deposit disputes, despite the recent improvements recorded in the...

21 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Tighter licensing requirements for HMOs won’t improve standards for tenants

The government’s plan to tighten licensing requirements for landlords of shared accommodation in an effort to clamp down on rogue landlords...

19 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Associations slam decision to continue 3% stamp duty surcharge

Landlords and lettings agents have expressed disappointment at the Welsh government’s decision to press ahead with proposals for a 3% stamp...

19 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Up to 70% of eviction notices could be illegal, says law firm

A large share of buy-to-let landlords trying to evict tenants are being delayed in doing so by defective Section 21 and...

18 October 2016

From: Breaking News

NALS seeks fees transparency to ensure a fair deal for tenants

A new Fair Fees Forum has been launched by the National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS) in order to help prevent excessive...

18 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Private landlords urged to brush up on legislation

Private landlords and letting agents are failing to get to grips with several legislative changes in the private rented sector, it...

17 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents in England and Wales continue upward trend

Private rents continued to increase in August, hitting a new record high of £887 per month across England and Wales, research...

13 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords invited to attend free rental workshop

Landlords and letting agents across Scotland are being urged to attend a series of free workshops held by tenancy deposit scheme SafeDeposits Scotland...

13 October 2016

From: Breaking News

London’s £2bn rental deposits are simply ‘gathering dust’

Dlighted is trying to persuade more landlords and tenants to use its deposit-free renting service by claiming that at least £2bn...

28 September 2016

From: Breaking News

The rise of middle-aged renters

A growing number of private renters are now older than 40, a fundamental shift over the past decade that reflects the...

21 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Knockout blow for landlord Mohammed Ali

A landlord operating in the London borough of Brent has been has been ordered to pay close to £7,500 for cramming...

21 September 2016

From: Breaking News