Tagged: regulation

Ten thousand letting agents now signed up to Ombudsman scheme

Ten thousand letting agents now signed up to Ombudsman scheme

Letting agencies in membership of The Property Ombudsman scheme now exceed 10,000 branches for the first time. The milestone number was passed at the beginning of May.




Shelter says government should regulate letting agents

Shelter says government should regulate letting agents

Letting agents for private property should be regulated by the Scottish government, a leading housing charity has said. Shelter Scotland said the sector was becoming filled with “cowboy” operators because agents needed no professional expertise...




Ex-housing minister in fresh bid to regulate letting agents

Ex-housing minister in fresh bid to regulate letting agents

A former Labour housing minister is due to introduce a ten minute rule motion in the Commons today proposing the mandatory licensing of letting and managing agents.




Movement on regulation of letting agents

Movement on regulation of letting agents

The debate on regulating the lettings industry has been at the forefront this year, and this month the Government finally seems to be listening to what is being called for from the industry. In...




Lords side-steps amendment to extend estate agents rules to lettings and management agents

Lords side-steps amendment to extend estate agents rules to lettings and management agents

The Government has torpedoed attempts to extend the same rules governing estate agents to lettings and management agents. An amendment to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill had been tabled by Baroness Gardner in...




We will fight on for letting agents’ regulation, declares ARLA

We will fight on for letting agents’ regulation, declares ARLA

ARLA has made it clear it will fight on for the full regulation of letting agents. Ian Potter, ARLA’s managing director, gave a politely muted welcome to this week’s last-minute amendment by the Government...




UK property lettings agents to be regulated for the first time

UK property lettings agents to be regulated for the first time

Lettings agents in the UK are to be regulated putting them on par with estate agents in a move that is the culmination of vigorous campaigning by the property industry. Professionals have welcomed the...




Eleventh hour intervention on regulation of letting agents

Eleventh hour intervention on regulation of letting agents

Today the lettings industry is due to be discussed in the House of Commons – with the Government set to overturn an amendment for the full regulation of letting agents. Instead, an eleventh hour...




Call to clamp down on unscrupulous letting agents

Call to clamp down on unscrupulous letting agents

More must be done to help clamp down on rogue letting agents, industry experts and disgruntled tenants have told the BBC. An amendment to regulate letting agents is due before the House of Commons...




New referencing service launches where the tenant pays

New referencing service launches where the tenant pays

A new tenancy referencing scheme has been launched in Scotland – where it is illegal for letting agents to charge fees – whereby tenants pay, and agents get referral fees. The scheme, which also...