Tagged: letting agents

Housing minister to unveil new code for the private rented sector

Housing minister to unveil new code for the private rented sector

The UK housing minister, Brandon Lewis, will today unveil a new code for the private rented sector designed to provide guidance on how to achieve high standards. Aimed particularly at new and inexperienced landlords,...




Renewed call for smoke alarms to be fitted in all private rented sector properties

Renewed call for smoke alarms to be fitted in all private rented sector properties

Nick Raynsford, the Labour MP for Woolwich and Greenwich, and former housing minister, has repeated his call for smoke alarms to be installed in all PRS homes. The call comes after a smoke alarm...




The Gas Safety Trust calls for landlords to be subjected to more stringent gas safety checks

The Gas Safety Trust calls for landlords to be subjected to more stringent gas safety checks

Research by The Gas Safety Trust revealed that the private rented sector was responsible for the highest number of carbon monoxide (CO) incidents, and has recommended  that landlords should be required  to install CO...




Over half of tenants have experienced issues with agents and landlords

Over half of tenants have experienced issues with agents and landlords

A new study from the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) has found that almost two-thirds of renters do not check if their letting agent or landlord is licenced. This simply isn’t a consideration...




Ministers urged to make Client Money Protection a legal requirement

Ministers urged to make Client Money Protection a legal requirement

SAFEagent has called on the government to make Client Monday Protection a legal requirement within the Consumer Rights Bill currently going through the Lords. Currently, no recompense is available if an agent if not...




Green Deal shambles could result in empty properties

Green Deal shambles could result in empty properties

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has called for an extension to the deadline for rented properties to reach minimum energy efficiency standards after the difficulties experienced in introducing Green Deal finance into the sector....




West Midlands announced as pilot area for immigration checks

West Midlands announced as pilot area for immigration checks

The government has announced that the pilot area for landlords and agents to conduct immigration checks on migrant tenants will be the West Midlands, with Wolverhampton and Birmingham being the core centres of the...




Properties in perfect condition preferred purchase choice for landlords

Properties in perfect condition preferred purchase choice for landlords

Research from HSBC shows that although a property in perfect condition costs on average 43% more than one requiring renovation, this is the preferred option for two out of three landlords when expanding their...




Slight fall in student rents

Slight fall in student rents

The latest annual report from Accommodation for Students shows that the average rental value (ARV) in the student sector has fallen from £79.64pw per bedroom in 2013 to £79.27 in 2014. Unsurprisingly, London remains...




Further call to ban letting agent fees

Further call to ban letting agent fees

A joint report from the Chartered Institute of Housing and the Resolution Foundation has called on letting agents’ fees to tenants to be banned. In an effort to raise the minimum standards in the...