Category: Property Industry News

Research reveals the extent of hidden tenants in the UK

Research reveals the extent of hidden tenants in the UK

Some 49% of residential letting agencies in the UK have found people living unofficially in rented accommodation during checks on the property. That amounts to 3.3 million people and 75% of these resident ‘ghosts’...




New ratings scheme for private rental properties to be launched

New ratings scheme for private rental properties to be launched

A new rating system of private rented properties is to be launched. It is, says the firm behind it, an attempt at industry self-regulation and could be used by local councils as an alternative...




Anti-Social Behaviour Legislation Change To Help Landlords Evict Bad Tenants

Anti-Social Behaviour Legislation Change To Help Landlords Evict Bad Tenants

New Government legislation preventing Anti-Social Behaviour is going through Parliament this year and the changes in the law could make a huge difference to UK private rental sector (PRS) landlords who have previously had difficulties evicting...




Rightmove and Zoopla gear up for November deadline on agents’ fees

Rightmove and Zoopla gear up for November deadline on agents’ fees

Both Rightmove and Zoopla are gearing up for the November 1 deadline set by the Advertising Standards Authority. From that date, all letting agents must display their actual fees to tenants in adverts where...




Prisk’s £400m offer for new private rent homes

Prisk’s £400m offer for new private rent homes

Housing minister Mark Prisk has invited bids for a £400 million fund to build new private rented sector (PRS) homes. The money is part of the government’s £1 billion build to rent fund, which...




RESI 2013: Government rules out private rented sector use class

RESI 2013: Government rules out private rented sector use class

Speaking at Property Week’s RESI conference today, housing minister Mark Prisk said a use class would be “too much of a deterrent at this stage”. “At this stage we want to get the market...




New guidance on landlord inventories published

New guidance on landlord inventories published

One of the UK’s tenancy deposit schemes has offered new guidance to help landlords avoid deposit disputes. Mydeposits’ ‘The Ins and Outs of Inventories’ provides information “to help avoid deposit disputes occurring at the...




Is the property market recovery good or bad news for buy to let investors?

Is the property market recovery good or bad news for buy to let investors?

Kate Faulkner investigates whether the property market’s recovery is good or bad news for buy-to-let investors. Over the past few months talk of a recovery in the property market has boosted buyers’ confidence. This, coupled with...




Buy-to-let boom fires up the “feelgood factor”

Buy-to-let boom fires up the “feelgood factor”

The buy-to-let market is booming with loans up nearly 30% in a year and landlords revelling in a return of the feelgood factor, according to two new surveys. New BTL lending hit £5 billion...




At last – guidance for agents in showing fees on adverts

At last – guidance for agents in showing fees on adverts

The Committee of Advertising Practice has published its guidance to letting agents on how they should include tenants’ fees in their property advertisements. Agents have until November 1 to comply with the new CAP...