Tagged: fees

OFT launches new consultation on rules for lettings industry

OFT launches new consultation on rules for lettings industry

In a second key move affecting letting agents, a new consultation was launched yesterday by the OFT. At its centre is the subject of fees. The consultation is on draft guidance aimed at getting...




Eric Pickles to better regulate landlords and letting agents

Eric Pickles to better regulate landlords and letting agents

Plans include forcing letting agents to join a redress scheme allowing complaints about poor service or hidden fees to be independently examined. The government is preparing to announce rules to better regulate the private...




Concerns mount over Tenants’ Charter

Concerns mount over Tenants’ Charter

Plans to introduce a Tenants’ Charter, to improve standards in the rental sector and encourage longer fixed-term tenancies for families, could be counter-productive for the market, warned rental servicers Landlord Assist. It believes the...




Ex-housing minister says tenants’ charter will not end fees ‘scandal’

Ex-housing minister says tenants’ charter will not end fees ‘scandal’

A former Labour housing minister has attacked the tenants’ charter proposed by Eric Pickles. John Healey says that it will not stop the “scandal” of “rip-off fees” charged to tenants, and will continue to...




New measures in England set to make renting more family friendly

New measures in England set to make renting more family friendly

New measures are being introduced in England to encourage family friendly tenancies in the private property rented sector which will also raise standards. Tenants will be able to request longer tenancies that provide stability...




September round up of private rented sector

September round up of private rented sector

September, a traditionally busy time of year as students move into new accommodation for the academic year, has also been another busy month for the private rented sector.  Finally guidance has been published on...




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...




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...




Relationship between agents and landlords ‘could worsen over migrant checks’

Relationship between agents and landlords ‘could worsen over migrant checks’

Proposals to make private landlords responsible for checking the immigrant status of tenants have been slammed by the Residential Landlords’ Association. The body says the plans could create further friction between landlords and agents. The...




Government Review Recommends Longer Private Tenancies

Government Review Recommends Longer Private Tenancies

Select Committee Inquiry into the UK Private Rented Housing Sector July 2013 The (DCLG) Communities and Local Government Committee last year (2012) decided to conduct an inquiry into the private rented housing sector. The Committee...