Tagged: legal requirements

Rightmove to act today over lettings adverts and fees ruling

Rightmove to act today over lettings adverts and fees ruling

Rightmove is today adding a disclaimer to all its rental adverts. The move follows last week’s bombshell ruling from the Advertising Standards Authority that Your Move – and by implication, all letting agents –...




Lords’ vote on regulating letting agents just scrapes through

Lords’ vote on regulating letting agents just scrapes through

An amendment to regulate letting agents by bringing them under the scope of the Estate Agents Act only just scraped through in the House of Lords. The majority was only five, with 211 supporting...




Private Members Bill sets out to regulate private rented sector

Private Members Bill sets out to regulate private rented sector

Regulation of the lettings sector is proposed in a new Private Members’ Bill that was presented in Parliament last week. Meanwhile, yesterday in the Lords, peers voted against the Government to introduce regulation.




Letting agents not upfront about fees, says Which? Which? believes letting agents’ hidden fees are unlawful

Letting agents not upfront about fees, says Which? Which? believes letting agents’ hidden fees are unlawful

Which? believes that major letting agents are breaking the law by not being upfront about the fees they charge to clients. Following an undercover investigation, Which? discovered that many letting agents are not disclosing...




EPC legislation to be used to crack down on illegal landlords

EPC legislation to be used to crack down on illegal landlords

Energy Performance Certificate legislation is to be used to crack down on illegal landlords who let out ‘beds in sheds’. Slough Borough Council is using thermal imaging to clamp down on people living illegally...




Stop dodging issue on regulation, Ombudsman tells ministers

Stop dodging issue on regulation, Ombudsman tells ministers

Property Ombudsman Christopher Hamer has reiterated his call for some form of regulation of letting agents. He said that ‘realistically’, legislation is the only option, and called on the Government to stop dodging the...




Green Deal warning for buy-to-let landlords

Green Deal warning for buy-to-let landlords

Buy-to-let investors will be forced to make their properties more energy-efficient or stop renting them out. One in 10 buy-to-let homes will be unlettable in five years’ time unless landlords take steps to improve...




London’s renters need protection from greedy agents and rogue landlords

London’s renters need protection from greedy agents and rogue landlords

Four in 10 London households will be renting by 2020, a new forecast shows. Among the findings of a select committee of MPs, the Government has just been told that London’s “Generation Rent” is...




Tenancy Deposit Scheme for Northern Ireland

Tenancy Deposit Scheme for Northern Ireland

Tenancy Deposits from 1st April 2013 must be protected in a tenancy deposit scheme What is a tenancy deposit? A tenancy deposit is a sum of money which a landlord may ask a tenant...




RICS says regulation of letting agents would benefit UK economy

RICS says regulation of letting agents would benefit UK economy

The compulsory regulation of lettings agents combined with the introduction of minimum professional standards for all agents could generate over £20m of benefits per year to the UK economy, new research from RICS has...