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KEYWORD "Local Authorities" - 124 RESULTS
No short-term lets regulation for now - what could this mean for the PRS?

Licensing of the short-term lets sector in Scotland was due to be introduced next month. However, it was recently announced that...

03 April 2021

From: Features

How will electric cars change conveyancing and the housing market?

Conveyancers should consider the provision of electric vehicle parking and charging in transactions according to a legal company. Law firm says that...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Radical end to stamp duty holiday suggested by legal bodies

A radical way to end the current stamp duty holiday has been suggested by three different legal bodies. The Society of Licensed...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid-19 testing for agents available within days - government

A trade body says it’s been contacted by the government explaining how agencies can get Coronavirus asymptomatic testing for staff. The Guild of...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Biggest stamp duty savings identified by estate agency

A study by estate agency Coulters has revealed which areas of the country make the biggest savings courtesy of the stamp...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Why automation could improve enforcement of PRS regulation

It’s now more than a year since the government offered an additional £4 million to councils to combat rogue landlords. At the...

13 February 2021

From: Features

What will the lettings industry look like in 2021?

As part of our third PayProp Special Report on COVID-19 rental arrears in the UK, we surveyed over 600 agents, tenants...

30 January 2021

From: Features

Will Thompson, Associate Director at Pugh & Co Auctions

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Will Thompson, Associate Director at Pugh & Co Auctions. I...

19 January 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Property viewings should stop, Labour tells government

Sir Kier Starmer has told the government it should look again at whether estate agents’ viewings of properties for sale and...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

‘No-search indemnity insurance’ now accepted by mortgage lender

A mortgage lender says it will now accept ‘no-search indemnity insurance’ for residential purchases in a bid to speed up the...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Sort Out Searches! Government asked to intervene over council delays

A trade body has called on House Secretary Robert Jenrick to intervene over the growing problem of delays in councils providing...

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

“Deplorable” government slammed for years of housing problems

A scathing document produced by MPs slams the government for its “deplorable” housing policies which are "invented, abandoned and reinvented" -...

09 December 2020

From: Breaking News

New homes slated for “stubbornly low” design quality

The design quality of new homes and neighbourhoods across the UK remains stubbornly low, according to a new report by academics.  The...

09 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Property transaction delays - where ARE the searches?

Delays with the return of property searches is one key factor for sales taking longer to complete. As conveyancers start to warn...

05 December 2020

From: Features

Change what you’re doing to complete sales before March 31

‘Many are in complete denial about the time it takes and still think it’s eight to 10 weeks.’ I won’t tell you...

05 December 2020

From: Features

Transaction hold-ups: a different view on why sales are delayed

A leading conveyancing sector spokesmen says some mortgage lenders are making the current delays in the house buying process worse. Rob Hailstone,...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

PRS regulation - could more authorities follow the lead of Westminster?

Back in September, Westminster Council launched a new strategy to help 'protect tenants' and 'ensure they live in good-quality and well-managed...

28 November 2020

From: Features

Multiple tough lockdowns have not deterred this housing market

Average house prices in Wales have risen three per cent in the past year, despite multiple difficult lockdowns considered more severe...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent threatened with prosecution for opening office to the public

An unidentified estate agency has been threatened with prosecution by a local council after opening its office to the public during...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: Conveyancing - don't battle what you can't control

We can all agree that the recovery of the property market since May has been outstanding. The latest data from Zoopla...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Conveyancer names and shames councils for delays in local searches

A conveyancing firm is blaming councils for delays in transactions. Conveyancers have themselves been sharply criticised in recent weeks as the sharp...

28 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) Checklist

Lettings agents, property managers and landlords should all be aware of the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018. The Act...

27 October 2020

From: Legislation & Compliance

Conveyancers tell agents - don’t blame us for transaction delays!

Conveyancers are sending a blunt message to estate agents: transactions will take longer than usual and don’t chase us with queries and...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Cut The Delays! Conveyancers urged to work with search providers

With many transactions now delayed by up to three weeks by slow searches, a body representing local search providers is urging...

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

How to avoid delays as the property market recovers

Buyer registrations and sales enquiries are reportedly back to pre-Covid levels. Completions, however, are lagging behind. This is probably down to...

27 June 2020

From: Features

Online estate agency ceases trading and customers refunded

The online estate agency Settled appears to have ceased trading with its customers refunded. It was launched in 2014 by former Google...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

New plea to help self-employed agents missed by Corona schemes

NAEA Propertymark has made a series of demands on the government in the light of the Coronavirus crisis.  In a formal written...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Searches: councils slammed as dangerous over face-to-face visits

A trade body has reported some council search departments to the government for refusing to provide email details and forcing search...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Help for self employed agents and new lettings info: Conquering Corona

Hello and welcome to the latest Conquering Corona - our guide for agents to get through these challenging times. Please let us...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Let’s work together: Call for councils and search firms to cut virus risks

A trade group wants councils and search companies to co-operate more closely during the virus to minimise delays to the remaining...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty change and business rate holiday announced in Budget

There will be a two per cent stamp duty surcharge on the purchase of UK investment properties by non-resident overseas buyers...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Electrical checks – how to get ahead of the current

By now, most letting agents and landlords will have heard about the draft legislation laid in Parliament concerning a mandatory minimum...

04 March 2020

From: Features

Short lets - should there be selective bans?

There’s something of a conspiracy of silence over the problem of short lets. That is a stark claim but many siren voices...

22 February 2020

From: Features

Business rates: NAEA plea rebuffed by sacked government minister

The government has dismissed a request from the NAEA and ARLA Propertymark to review business rates for agency offices on High...

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Two-tier system can produce winners if landlords are prepared to move

After a challenging period for the UK property market, recovery is very much on the cards and the end to uncertainty...

01 February 2020

From: Features

How digitisation will change conveyancing – for the better

In the field of conveyancing, there’s a new dynamic at play. And that dynamic is customer-driven and customer-focused, using digital technology...

22 January 2020

From: Features

Big Tory win: but agents warn over Stamp Duty and Section 21

It’s a substantial Tory government for the next five years: what does this mean for estate agents, property and the market? We have...

13 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Why is compliance a growing issue for letting agents?

It’s been clear for a while that the additional regulation landlords and agents are facing has helped professionalise the private rental...

30 November 2019

From: Features

Forget For Sale boards - spend the money on digital marketing instead

The head of a new property portal is urging agents to forget about spending money on For Sale and To Let...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Home Logbooks, Property MOTs and agent regulation demanded by NAEA

The National Association of Estate Agents and the Association of Residential Letting Agents have issued their manifesto for next month’s General...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Named and shamed: local councils with the slowest searches

A trade body has sharply criticised HM Land Registry for its slow progress on digitising local searches after a promising start...

17 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Free-to-list portal targets agents with plots for sale

A new digital platform has been set up in a bid to provide a one-stop-shop for self-build enthusiasts - and it...

23 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Developer that offered its boss £75m asks the public what it thinks

Is this the ultimate in accountability or a desperate bid to win back public support for a company damaged by the...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock as Land Registry admits big delay in search digitisation

The city of Norwich has become the sixth part of the UK to switch from council Local Land Charges to digital...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Following Scotland’s lead – what next for England’s PRS regulation?

Increasing legislation and regulation has arguably been the biggest talking point in the private rented sector (PRS) over the last few...

29 June 2019

From: Features

A moving tide of regulation making its way towards estate agents

It may well seem that the government is pre-occupied with one issue, and one issue alone. While preparations for Brexit take up a...

01 June 2019

From: Features

The man who polices the agency industry - an exclusive interview

It’s clear that some agents are not fans of Trading Standards officers, described in the comments sections of the trade press...

27 April 2019

From: Features

New industry Trading Standards team has just 14 to cover sales and lettings

Estate Agent Today has been given details of the new National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agents Team - the body...

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New body to police estate and lettings agents, taking over from NTSEAT

A new team has been set up to police all estate and letting agency legislation including the upcoming tenants' fees ban. The...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Building better homes is good for everyone – not just older people

It’s no secret that the UK’s housing sector is in crisis. Headlines scream about the shortage of new-build homes. TV pundits...

30 March 2019

From: Features

Savills claims online firm Yopa ‘is UK’s sixth biggest estate agency’

Savills has this morning talked up its investment in onliner Yopa, which it claims is the sixth largest estate agency in...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Stop indulging councils over rental licensing and local schemes

It’s time, surely, for government to crackdown not just on rogue agents and landlords but on rogue councils that confuse the...

09 March 2019

From: Features

Data unbound – how the rise of public data will redefine property

The proliferation of big data is paving the way to improving our economy on almost every front as entrepreneurial digital companies...

09 March 2019

From: Features

Property Natter: referral fees, HIPs & Bee Gees tributes - Rob Hailstone Q & A

With the home buying and selling process firmly on the news agenda of late – everything from a possible ban on...

16 February 2019

From: Features

Four out of five searches ‘now completed within 10 working days’

There’s been a dramatic improvement in the speed of searches being completed and returned by local authorities, the government claims. Housing minister...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

House sales slumped in 2018, early Land Registry figures suggest

A new analysis claims transaction numbers fell in 241 of 374 local authority areas of the UK last year. Analysis of Land...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Welcome to 2019: The Year of Brexit and Ban

It’s safe to say that the majority of agents will be glad to see the end of the past two years....

02 January 2019

From: Features

Is London's market recovery underway? Hometrack says yes - in parts

An early sign of a possible recovery in the London housing market may be appearing, according to data consultancy Hometrack.  It’s just...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

We need to wake up before we sleepwalk into a housing crisis

It’s now almost a month since the government introduced new rules on Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO), as part of its...

27 October 2018

From: Features

Emoov boss tells Labour conference how to solve housing crisis

Emoov’s founder Russell Quirk has outlined how he would help Britain get out of its current housing crisis to a Labour...

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

What now for faster house sales as search roll out ‘could take seven years’?

HM Land Registry says the full roll-out of its Local Land Charges digital register could take up to seven years, with...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

125,000 buyers to benefit from Land Registry's early digitisation

HM Land Registry calculates that 125,000 buyers will benefit from just the first phase of its digitisation programme for Local Land...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

At last - Local Land Charge searches 'can take just seconds'

Automated search companies have heaped praise on HM Land Registry following the digitisation of local land charge data - the LLC1...

12 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Right To Buy: top agency hints at need for 'fundamental review'

Savills has suggested that it may be time for a fundamental review of what’s left of the flagship policy of Margaret...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Pioneering digital search service to be launched by Land Registry

A new digital search service is being launched next month by HM Land Registry, marking the latest phase in its attempt...

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

No toilet, no mains electricity, no floorplan - yet OIRO £300,000

As the spring market gets into full swing, here’s the traditional beach hut story - yet this time, it really does...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

More London woe as annual house price growth hits seven-year low

House price growth in London has hit a seven year low according to Hometrack, with prices actually down across 42 per...

27 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed: only area of England and Wales with average home under £100k

Only one local authority in England and Wales has an average house price below £100,000 - while in every London borough...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Quicker conveyancing pledged as Land Registry puts council searches online

HM Land Registry has taken another step towards its aim to “make conveyancing simpler, faster and cheaper” for the general public. The...

05 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Connells celebrates doubling of new homes and land activities

Land and investment deals achieved by Connells Group in 2017 will add a further 2,750 units to its new homes pipeline,...

26 February 2018

From: Breaking News

It’s time to put an end to the ‘housing crisis’

At the start of February, Nationwide suggested that the housing market was picking up. Last week, RICS reported on its continued...

17 February 2018

From: Features

Right To Buy is unsustainable without new homes, say councils

Right To Buy is unsustainable without local councils being given the right to set discounts for their areas and replacing every...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Average vendor in 2017 made profit of £92,500 says Countrywide

In 2017 the average seller sold their home for £92,466 more than they paid for it, having owned the home for...

28 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Property industry reacts to the Autumn Budget

Earlier this week, Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered the Autumn Budget with a strong focus on housing.  The decision to cut stamp duty...

25 November 2017

From: Features

Budget to reveal massive housebuilding programme ... again

Another Budget, another pledge of new house building: it appears from statements made over the weekend by Chancellor Phillip Hammond that...

20 November 2017

From: Breaking News

New portal targets agents to sell and let ex-council flats and houses

A new portal has been launched aimed at marketing ex-council properties for sale or to let through agencies.  Ex-Council.com says it is...

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

'Government has no ideas at all #idiots' - industry reacts to probe

There has been a wide range of views from trade bodies and individual agents on the government’s surprise ‘call for evidence’...

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Call for auto-enrolment to help first time buyers save for deposits

Employers and government should introduce auto-enrolment of monthly salaries to allow people aged 18 to 40 to save for deposits on...

17 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Could tax be the excuse to introduce national private rental licensing?

It’s not just the evenings drawing in that marks the approach of autumn - it’s also the return to work of...

26 August 2017

From: Features

Labour and Conservative square up over second home taxes

The two main political parties have squared up to each other over the issue of increasing council tax on second homes...

11 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Brexit uncertainty hitting transactions and prices, warns PwC

PwC says the drop in the number of property transactions is the economic indicator where the uncertainty over Brexit is most...

20 July 2017

From: Breaking News

General election 2017: Facing the UK’s housing crisis

Theresa May’s call for a snap general election on June 8 took many by surprise. But estate agents have been broadly...

03 June 2017

From: Features

New homes must be marketed to Britons first, say Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrats have set a building target of 300,000 new homes a year, have pledged to scrap housing association Right...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

New homes: where is the supply being concentrated?

Since the seventies, housing starts and completions across England and Wales have been on a downward trajectory. The long run average...

12 May 2017

From: Features

Brexit: Housing must not be ignored in the clamour

We’re almost nine months on from the EU Referendum and yet the issue remains the big divide across the nation: an...

18 March 2017

From: Features

Housing shortage 'forces councils to spend £2m a day on B&Bs'

A chronic shortage of affordable housing is forcing councils to spend more than £2m a day on temporary accommodation for homeless...

06 March 2017

From: Breaking News

What we learnt about the Government post-White Paper

If you work in lettings, I’ll already have a pretty good idea on how you feel about the current Conservative Government.  The...

11 February 2017

From: Features

Zoopla: Hometrack makes us UK's most valuable property resource

Zoopla Property Group’s £120m purchase of Hometrack, announced yesterday evening, is part of its aim to create “the UK’s most valuable...

01 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Zoopla buys data and automated valuation giant Hometrack

Zoopla Property Group is buying Hometrack, one of the country’s leading property market business consultancies. Established in 1999, Hometrack is one of...

31 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Council's For Sale/To Let board fines come into effect tomorrow

A controversial scheme in a London borough, limiting the size and duration of letting and estate agents’ boards on display, comes...

31 January 2017

From: Breaking News

How can estate agents secure more new build housing instructions?

Lots of people buy new-build due to the perceived lack of hassle with maintenance, as they are built to the latest...

28 January 2017

From: Features

What homes will we build – where will government policy go next?

Over 168,000 new homes were completed in the year to March 2016, according to data released by the government, over 15,500...

28 January 2017

From: Features

Councils serving Fixed Penalties on agents leaving up For Sale boards

A number of local authorities are now serving £100 or £120 fixed penalty notices on estate agents who display For Sale...

23 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Restrictions may be coming to advertising events on agents' boards

A local council says it is considering restricting how estate agent use boards for advertising community events like school sports days...

03 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Numbers of Londoners buying homes outside capital reach 10-year high

Hamptons International says that in 2016 the number of Londoners buying a home outside the capital reached the highest level since...

29 December 2016

From: Breaking News

2017 will see 200,000 new homes built for first time since 2008 - Redrow

2017 is set to be the first year since 2008 that the UK constructs 200,000 new homes, suggests Redrow, one of...

29 December 2016

From: Breaking News

'Why are searches taking 17 weeks?' estate agent asks MP

An estate agent has blasted his local council for "unacceptable" delays that mean searches can take up to 17 weeks. Mark Parker,...

14 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Government's housebuilding figures are flawed, says HBF

The government's most publicised measure of housebuilding excludes around a fifth of all new build completions each year, according to a...

22 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Housing must remain top of the government’s agenda

With the number of new homes being built across the UK still significantly below the level needed to meet demand, housebuilders...

16 September 2016

From: Features

Inventing the web needed vision; isn’t it the same for development?

This week, 25 years ago the world's first website went live to those of us who were around then.  Amazingly, despite the...

12 August 2016

From: Features

October court date for review of ban on new-build second homes

There is likely to be an October court date set for a judicial review into a ban on new-build houses and...

11 August 2016

From: Breaking News

May's Day: PM-designate hints at her housing priorities

Details have come out of what Theresa May thinks about the current housing market, as she approaches taking over as Prime...

13 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Council in Right To Buy media probe prosecutes fraud-case tenant

A man has been prosecuted for fraudulently attempting to purchase a Right To Buy council property from one of the local...

23 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Mixed reviews from industry figures for launch of new UK House Price Index

The first new ‘official’ UK House Price Index, released yesterday, has received mixed reviews from the industry. On the one hand there...

15 June 2016

From: Breaking News

NTSEAT urges agents to comment on Cutting Red Tape initiative

The National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team is urging the industry to comment on a government initiative aimed at cutting red...

09 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Strongest March sales figures for almost a decade, say estate agents

It’s unlikely that this is what George Osborne wanted when he announced his stamp duty surcharge but its deadline for introduction...

14 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Councils hold the key to affordable housing crisis, says land agent

An agency which specialises in land is calling on local councils to play a greater part in the push to create...

17 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Bungalows vulnerable under government sell-off, says think-tank

Bungalows are likely to be sold-off as a by-product the government’s plans to extend Right To Buy, but are unlikely to...

04 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Conveyancers want to cut delays - by getting estate agents on a course

The Conveyancing Association is launching a training course for estate agents, as the debate swirls over whether a shortage of conveyancers...

24 February 2016

From: Breaking News

New-builds edging up as a proportion of overall sales market

A detailed analysis by Hometrack reveals that new-build transactions - running at roughly 10 per cent of all house sales for...

24 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Search company backs regulatory board in criticism of very poor councils

Conveyancing search company SearchFlow has joined the attack on councils which are slow at conducting searches and threaten to delay transactions. Yesterday...

16 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Regulator slams councils for very poor searches that delay transactions

A body that regulates property searches has criticised some councils for providing “very poor service” which delays transactions. The Property Codes Compliance...

15 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Market targeting vs. stereotyping: hipsters, yummy mummies and the simply priced out

Surely people will start moving again soon. The employment rate for the last quarter of 2015 is likely to be the...

22 January 2016

From: Features

Sean Hooker, Head of Redress, PRS

Who are you? I’m the Head of Redress at the Property Redress Scheme. I previously worked for Legal & General PLC dealing...

23 December 2015

From: 60 Second Interview

Could you be risking a fine?

There are a number of fairly recent regulations that agents need to comply with. One of them, now just over a year...

18 December 2015

From: Features

Market bounces back in Scotland after stamp duty replacement settles in

Data from the Registers of Scotland shows a marked increase in transaction levels – up 23 per cent in one year,...

29 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Sheffield: an example of how a local authority can enforce compliance

It’s been nearly a year since all lettings and property management agents have been legally required to join a redress scheme...

25 September 2015

From: Features

Corbyn: We could ban off-shore firms buying homes

Labour leadership front-runner Jeremy Corbyn has suggested a party run by him would consider a ban on the purchase of homes...

04 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Starter Homes scheme will fail, says Shelter

Controversial housing charity Shelter has published a report which claims that the government's Starter Homes scheme will fail the people it...

27 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Right to Buy extension confirmed in Queen’s Speech

The Conservative Party’s manifesto pledge to extend the Right to Buy scheme was confirmed in yesterday’s Housing Bill.  The Bill was part...

28 May 2015

From: Breaking News

'15 years of house price booms' - forecast

The director of housebuilder Taylor Wimpey says “a 15 year property boom, with no bust, is more than a distinct possibility”...

26 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Call to give cities power to set their own stamp duty

A pressure group says cities across England and Wales - including mid-size cities as well as the big urban conurbations -...

07 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Double tax on second homes, urges Lib Dems

The Liberal Democrats want local authorities to have the power to charge 200 per cent council tax on second homes. Party leader...

22 April 2015

From: Breaking News

Tory housing chief says Right To Buy 'is risky'

Former Conservative housing minister Kris Hopkins warned two years ago that allowing housing associations to sell their stock was a policy...

22 April 2015

From: Breaking News

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