Tagged: regulation

More councils request special dispensation to ban boards

More councils request special dispensation to ban boards

We’re all aware of some areas of our towns, villages and countryside which are awash with for-sale and to-let marketing boards erected by letting and estate agents, and it’s no surprise that to the...




SAFEAGENT AWARENESS WEEK 12 to 18 May 2014

SAFEAGENT AWARENESS WEEK 12 to 18 May 2014

Since its launch last year the SAFEagent campaign has made giant strides in promoting the importance to landlords and tenants of identifying agents who are part of Client Money Protection Schemes. Landlords and tenants...




Much needed legislation or an attempt to attract votes?

Much needed legislation or an attempt to attract votes?

Labour’s leader, Ed Miliband, has called for longer-term tenancies and rent controls within the private rented sector. Has he however focused too heavily on tenants and forgotten about landlords and letting agents? On the...




Is the UK paying the price for selling off council properties in the 1980s?

Is the UK paying the price for selling off council properties in the 1980s?

Those who remember the 1980s and Margaret Thatcher will be well aware that the trend towards selling off council properties to their tenants took off. We saw thousands upon thousands of properties acquired by...




April’s Round Up of the Private Rented Sector

April’s Round Up of the Private Rented Sector

This month seen more announcements of high profile entrepreneurs venturing into the online property market, leading to speculation that 2014 is the year the sector is transformed with the future of the industry not on...




Compulsory redress schemes for UK letting and property management agents confirmed

Compulsory redress schemes for UK letting and property management agents confirmed

All letting and property management agents in the UK will be required to join an approved redress scheme later this year under new plans announced by Housing Minister Kris Hopkins. Millions of tenants and...




Big rise in complaints to ombudsman about letting agents

Big rise in complaints to ombudsman about letting agents

There was a 23% rise in complaints to the Property Ombudsman last year, according to its annual report, published this morning. While most of the 16,378 inquiries did not proceed beyond the initial complaint...




Regulation of UK estate agents handed over to Powys county council

Regulation of UK estate agents handed over to Powys county council

Closure of Office of Fair Trading leaves Welsh council to protect homebuyers and sellers from rogue agents A Welsh council will become responsible for protecting homebuyers and sellers across the UK from rogue estate...




Council loses maisonette HMO licence appeal

Council loses maisonette HMO licence appeal

A High Court ruling that changes the definition of a mandatory house in multiple occupation (HMO) has left the door open for landlords to tackle councils over repaying thousands of pounds in wrongly collected...




Rents up, Voids Down and Green is Good

Rents up, Voids Down and Green is Good

Build to Rent At the beginning of the month a report from non-profit company Million Homes, Million Lives, claimed that ‘Half of Britain could be renting within 30 years’, and called for changes to encourage...