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KEYWORD "Renting" - 221 RESULTS
The future of the tenant experience

The last 12 months have heralded significant change across the property market and indeed we could argue across all markets in...

05 May 2021

From: Features

Vote, Vote, Vote - Housing and the 2021 Local Elections

Local elections rarely set the pulse racing and this year’s poll on Thursday faces a similar problem. But this time, it’s a...

01 May 2021

From: Features

Online KYC checks help estate agents battle rising fraud

As an estate agent, you should of course be performing robust Know Your Customer (KYC) checks as part of your Anti-Money...

01 May 2021

From: Features

Prince Philip: how the property landscape changed during his century

For many, the funeral of HRH Prince Philip will be a solemn affair, while for some it will also be a...

17 April 2021

From: Features

Zoopla takes on Rightmove with new look, features and functionality

Zoopla has unveiled a subtle rebranding plus new features and functionality - and says it wants to be number one, not...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

95% mortgages make an impact - even before government initiative

The latest Moneyfacts monitor of the mortgage market suggests a significant number of new 95 per cent products - even without the...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

First time buying cheaper than renting - if you have the deposit

First time buyers are now saving more than £800 a year in comparison with tenants, new analysis suggests.  The Halifax says the...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

How can letting agents make the most of the student rental market in 2021?

Targeting the specialist student rental market can be rewarding for letting agents and landlords if they take the right approach. The current...

31 March 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Is flexibility the future of estate agency?

The events of the last 12 months have potentially shaped the future of our sector for years to come. There has been...

20 March 2021

From: Features

Agency apology over ‘bullying’ claims to allow Covid viewings

An online agency has apologised to a single mother who felt pressured into allowing viewings of a property she was renting. Local media in...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

Is letting properties sight unseen the future of the rental market?

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way we evaluate our lives and, looking more specifically at the property market, it...

30 January 2021

From: Features

Do you know what tenants want in 2021?

As we now find ourselves in the UK’s third national lockdown in 10 months, what tenants want, and need from their...

30 January 2021

From: Features

Online agency in bid to raise £800,000 through crowdfunding

It’s been some time since online agencies have ventured into crowdfunding to raise investment, but easyProperty has now done so -...

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

In Conversation Today – Q&A with the man behind a 2020 success story

By any available metric, Belvoir had a good 2020. Already a well-known and well-established name, it was highly praised for its...

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Current regulation of estate agents unenforceable admits Propertymark

Propertymark has told the government that it needs to introduce overarching regulation of agents now, because existing piecemeal provisions are unmanageable...

24 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Exclusive - Agents' training and licensing latest from the chair of RoPA

First off, hello and welcome to this new series – appearing in Estate Agent Today’s Breaking News section each month –...

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

How can letting agents reduce deposit disputes?

Deposit disputes can be time-consuming and difficult for all parties involved whether it be a letting agent, landlord, or tenant. Although at...

09 December 2020

From: Features

What should agents look for in a software provider in 2021?

If this year has taught us anything, it's that estate agents need their software provider and specifically their CRM, to help...

05 December 2020

From: Features

Are you prepared for a seasonal upswing in missed rental payments?

It’s that time of year again. Black Friday has been and gone and the run-up to Christmas is well and truly...

02 December 2020

From: Features

Covid-19 and the potential impact on the buy-to-let market

Property is considered to be a safe investment. The buy-to-let market is booming, fuelled by a generation unable to get on...

13 November 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Four revenue generation tips for letting agents

What are the best ways for a letting agency to generate additional revenue and stay ahead of the competition? Management fees are...

07 November 2020

From: Features

PropTech Today: Using technology to underpin your lettings division

I remember so clearly in my Foxtons days, working as a lettings manager in Putney, that lettings, though less sexy than...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Confirmed: Housing market stays open during national lockdown

The housing market is to remain open in the four week lockdown in England. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government...

31 October 2020

From: Breaking News

How to sell your agency business in 11 key steps

Agents spend their whole careers telling vendors and landlords why they will be able to achieve a better sale price or...

27 October 2020

From: Recruitment & Business Matters

Living without Section 21 evictions – lessons from the Scottish market

The announcement of the Renters’ Reform Bill in the Queen’s speech last December caused a collective groan across the country from...

27 October 2020

From: Legislation & Compliance

Top tips on how to ensure your AML procedures are up to scratch

The property market, and therefore, estate agents have been accused of being the 'weak link' in the UK’s money laundering defences. This...

27 October 2020

From: Legislation & Compliance

How can agents work with property price data and indices?

Staying on top of the numbers and figures in a constantly changing industry can be stressful. Changing property prices can be...

27 October 2020

From: PropTech & Innovation

Tinder-style new portal offers agents 12 months free listings

A new property portal that operates a Tinder-style ‘swipe’ app is offering agents 12 months free listings. MoveStreets operates like the dating...

27 October 2020

From: Breaking News

No more Mr Bad Guy: the image of agents is getting a makeover

Lawyers, politicians, bankers, insurance sellers – no matter where you go, there are some professions that are just always going to...

17 October 2020

From: Features

Why generating and nurturing leads is more important than ever

Seller and landlord leads are what makes estate agency tick. Without them, new business is nowhere to be seen and you...

23 September 2020

From: Features

Another agency group returns to Zoopla as portal celebrates growth

Another regional agency group has returned to Zoopla, attributing the move to the portal's “receptive audiences” amongst the house buying and renting...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - and we’re back to school at last…

For many agents it’s been a big week…not because of the surge of buyers, but because their children have returned to...

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Independent agencies across the country buck trend by expanding

A south coast estate agency which has been operating since the 1980s has opened its seventh office.  Jacobs Steel’s latest branch is...

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Explained for agents - Electrical Safety Standards Regulations

Since June 1, under The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020, landlords in England have been...

26 August 2020

From: Features

275,000 sign up for portal programme about moving house

Some 275,000 subscribers have signed up for the latest Zoopla email education programme under the Zooploma banner. This one is aimed at...

25 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed: What today's renters want, need and expect

Life as we know it has changed – for everybody – and what tenants want, need and expect in this post-pandemic...

15 August 2020

From: Features

Property Natter – who are the industry’s major trade bodies?

They are the names we hear about often, pushing for this or seeking clarifications on that. They are the representatives of...

04 July 2020

From: Features

Start-ups saving letting agents time and money will thrive

As we adjust to a life post-Covid-19, letting agents, landlords, and tenants are thinking - ways to speed up the process...

24 June 2020

From: Features

Why every political party is pro-tenant, anti-landlord

Back in the day, party politics and the private rental sector used to be straightforward. Conservatives were pro-landlord, Labour were pro-tenant, while...

13 June 2020

From: Features

Will coronavirus affect attitudes towards referencing and rent guarantee products?

One of the most important aspects of being a successful and profitable agent is selecting the right tenants. The industry manages this...

22 April 2020

From: Features

The final stages of Section 24 – where does this leave the PRS?

This month saw the introduction of the final stages of the Section 24 tax changes, first introduced in April 2017. Whereas buy-to-let...

18 April 2020

From: Features

New government advice on Corona activities, and property management tips

Hello, this is the final Conquering Corona for the week as we continue to help agents with advice and guidance through...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Technology and service are the future of the property market

The last five years have seen unprecedented changes to the property market and agents and their clients have never faced such...

15 April 2020

From: Features

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

First-time buyers shun Shared Ownership for Help to Buy

New research of the buying habits of first-time buyers in the UK we’ve undertaken here at reallymoving.com shows that Shared Ownership...

25 March 2020

From: Features

LonRes at 20: the lightbulb moment behind one of the first PropTech firms

The lightbulb moment for LonRes was born out of sheer frustration. I’d just missed out on a deal and the postman...

14 March 2020

From: Features

Tenant Engagement

There is no doubt that the BBC News article in early February caused something of a stir within the Deposit Free...

12 March 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Jon Notley, co-founder and CEO of Zero Deposit™

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? My name is Jon Notley and I am the co-founder...

12 March 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

‘Agents will be a big part of Zoopla’s growth’ - Q&A with Charlie Bryant

More than 18 months on from the acquisition of ZPG for £2.2 billion by Silver Lake Partners, a US private equity...

29 February 2020

From: Features

The future of renting for property service providers

The property management industry is evolving at a rapid pace, thanks almost entirely to the rise in PropTech. Hundreds, if not thousands...

26 February 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

Embracing the self-employed model – an agent’s view

The landscape of the estate agency market in the UK is evolving to reflect changes in the way we live our...

19 February 2020

From: Features

How can agents keep up with the ‘on-demand’ economy?

The ‘on-demand’ economy is reshaping our world. The way we order food, get around, and even access healthcare has changed irreversibly...

05 February 2020

From: Features

Lifetime deposits – what are the potential challenges and benefits for lettings?

Last November, as part of the Conservatives’ general election campaign, Boris Johnson made a surprise announcement that his party would introduce...

01 February 2020

From: Features

Agency denies any responsibility for cyber security breach

Estate agents concerned over security breaches will be closely analysing what happens with a case concerning a London firm’s compromised email...

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - who’s in? who’s out? who’s moving?

Hello - if it’s Monday it’s PJT day, so welcome to the latest update on key moves within our industry. Let us...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New ‘silver’ website bans agents and bids to cut downsizing

A new website called Silver Sharers says it’s chief objective is to help older home owners remain in their properties without...

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

2020 - the year of Airbnb, and the opportunity for agents

Over the past decade, the short-term rental industry, now eponymised by Airbnb, has experienced meteoric growth. This has been driven by the...

15 January 2020

From: Features

How can agents build an inclusive rental society and trust with tenants?

We are facing a new world in the lettings industry, with the proportion of households in the private rented sector (PRS)...

08 January 2020

From: Features

Zoopla announces massive growth plans for 2020

Zoopla has this afternoon announced a massive growth programme for 2020 with 120 new staff and expansion in most of its...

13 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Portals say future changes will be for agents - not to be simply 'disruptive'

Here’s the final part of our questioning of the three portals based on comments and queries from our readers - thanks...

12 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Portal Fees: Rightmove, Zoopla and OTM explain their charges

We recently asked readers for their questions to the portals - the questions they couldn’t really ask their local reps, but...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

General election 2019: The housing crisis remains a top issue

With Brexit still unresolved, the domestic agenda has been pushed from the headlines by the seemingly overwhelming public and political discord...

07 December 2019

From: Features

Online agent slashes franchise fee and says: ‘Make me an offer’

It normally costs estate or lettings agents £10,000 to buy a franchise for the online company called The Good Estate Agent...

26 November 2019

From: Breaking News

The changing profile of first-time buyers

Recent Zoopla reports stating that first-time buyers are deciding against purchasing one-bedroom flats came as no surprise to me, or I’m...

23 November 2019

From: Features

In praise of Purplebricks: old-school agent insists it's the way forward

A traditional property agent says critics of Purplebricks underestimate the beneficial impact the firm has had on the UK agency industry. And...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

The next generation of renters - are you ready to find them a home?

You don’t need to go far to find news about the UK lettings market. From the banning of tenant fees to...

13 November 2019

From: Features

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

Introducing the purpose-driven lettings agency

Enhanced customer care strategies, relationship-building schemes, cost-cutting measures and new revenue streams can’t help the lettings industry if the fundamental underlying...

23 October 2019

From: Features

Zero Deposit’s Jon Notley talks exclusively to Estate Agent Today

When renting a property out, letting agents and landlords recognise that it is important to take a deposit from the tenant...

12 October 2019

From: Features

Property Natter - Day in the life of…a PropTech founder

In a revival of the Natter’s day in the life of series, I catch up with Rajeev Nayyar, managing director of...

05 October 2019

From: Features

Will the current political landscape encourage Generation Rent to vote?

In recent years, governments and local councils have sought to change the private rented sector (PRS) to make it more appealing...

28 September 2019

From: Features

Agencies that don’t modernise will fail like Thomas Cook - property chief

The collapse of Thomas Cook, widely seen as failing modernise with the expectations of modern shoppers, is a clear lesson for...

26 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Top agent tells PM that stamp duty chatter is causing market “paralysis”

A well-respected agent who was president of the NAEA just five years ago has written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson asking...

28 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Online firm wins £750k crowdfunding as it defies 'curse of Emoov'

Crowdfunding has been largely avoided by property companies for much of the past year following controversies surrounding Emoov’s fund raising -...

27 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - how to prepare for Generation Z and Alpha

They will be the doctors, lawyers, teachers, thinkers, leaders and captains of industry of the not too distant future, but is...

24 August 2019

From: Features

Would a Berlin-style rental price freeze work in the UK?

Recently a number of politicians and charities have been calling for the introduction of rent controls or rent freezes in the...

24 August 2019

From: Features

Women priced out of buying and renting in much of England - claim

Rising house prices and the gender pay gap means that there is no English region where a single woman on median...

06 August 2019

From: Breaking News

How can technology help letting agents become more efficient?

Have you asked yourself why technology is so important in letting agency today? Just look around and you will know why. Almost...

03 August 2019

From: Features

10 Reasons For Residential Agents To Do Virtual Tours

1. Win More Listings For estate agency in the UK, the number one task is to get new properties to market. However,...

29 July 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Rightmove: agency numbers fall 3% but profits and revenue soar 10%

Rightmove’s half year figures this morning continue to show strong growth in profits and revenue - but there are the first...

26 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Beyond the headlines - What the new regulator really means

The industry press has given substantial space to recommendations from the Regulation of Property Agents, the government’s working party which has...

20 July 2019

From: Features

Shifting stamp duty away from buyers will boost market, says top agent

One of the country’s leading estate agents says shifting the burden of stamp duty away from the buyer - which is...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Blond ambition - Does Boris Johnson have any housing policies?

Britain lives in fundamentalist black-and-white times - all the more surprising when the country's most divisive point of contention sits on...

22 June 2019

From: Features

PropTech Today: Facebook's own currency to drive rental transactions

Facebook is set to enter the cryptocurrency business with the big reveal of its formal plans scheduled for some point this...

19 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Is yours a family-run agency? If so, you could be a reality TV star

A TV production company is looking for family-run estate agencies to be considered for a possible reality TV show. Curve Media -...

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

TFB: Tenant Fee Ban or The Future Begins?

What a great time to be a letting agent. In decades, never has there been so much change. As you’re well aware,...

25 May 2019

From: Features

Anti-money laundering: the key myths and misconceptions

The UK property market can be seen by criminals as an effective vehicle to conceal the proceeds of economic crime. Criminally...

18 May 2019

From: Features

How you CAN increase your chargeable fees and JUSTIFY it

With the Tenant Fee Ban obliterating a key income stream, letting agents should be looking at ways they can increase the...

16 May 2019

From: Sponsored Content

The tenant fee ban - another failure of government policy?

With a mere matter of weeks until the Tenant Fees Act comes in to effect, I can’t help but wonder just...

11 May 2019

From: Features

Jake Gready, Managing Director for NEXA Bristol

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Jake Gready Managing Director NEXA Bristol What services do you provide? buying - selling...

08 May 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

30 years in the property industry – an insider’s view

1989 was a significant time for the property industry: it marked the beginning of the end of a period of unprecedented...

04 May 2019

From: Features

Capturing tenants when they convert to buyers

With the UK population spending longer in rental accommodation, due to the upfront expense of buying a home, their time and...

01 May 2019

From: Features

Disruptors with a difference: Rugby players open agency in containers

It’s an eye-catching combination - former professional rugby players turn estate agents, set up in converted shipping containers, and promise in time-honoured fashion...

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Forget PropTech and portals ... For Sale boards are still the best

A top London estate agent says the humble For Sale board remains the cheapest and most effective marketing tool - even...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

DPS adjudication case study: rent arrears vs property condition

The Deposit Protection Service (The DPS) keeps deposit money safe for letting agents, landlords and renters during the course a tenancy....

20 April 2019

From: Features

Impact of the Tenant Fees Act - how can agents cover their costs?

It has been a long time coming, but the tenant fees ban, which forbids landlords and letting agents in England from...

13 April 2019

From: Features

Rent controls won’t solve London’s shortage of affordable housing stock

The topic of introducing rent controls in London crops up time and time again in our industry. But it’s been hitting...

16 March 2019

From: Features

Agents slam “regurgitated rhetoric” in Hammond’s damp squib statement

Estate agents have responded cynically to the small-fry property sector announcements made by Chancellor Phillip Hammond in yesterday’s spring statement mini-Budget. Overshadowed...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

No more ‘no DSS’ – is the government wasting its time?

Last week, the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government announced a number of measures aimed at further tackling homelessness, including...

09 March 2019

From: Features

Stay relevant and win business in a challenging market

In these tougher times, we recognise that helping agents win new inventory is the key to their businesses.  There were more than...

20 February 2019

From: Features

It’s time we stopped fixating on shoddy landlords

Barely a day goes by when we don’t read a new report on the unscrupulous practices of landlords; of the sub-standard...

16 February 2019

From: Features

PropTech Today: Homes-as-a-service could be your greatest weapon

By thinking outside the box, agents can truly embrace the idea of space-as-a-service and create entirely new, and highly valuable, streams...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

The importance of being part of a trade association

When it comes to letting a property, it is important that landlords and renters have faith in their agent. The more...

26 January 2019

From: Features

NAEA and Guild back government's new Housing Complaints service

  The National Association of Estate Agents and the Association of Residential Lettings Agents have thrown their weight behind the government’s latest...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Micro-homes: could they solve the first time buyer crisis?

A think tank is suggesting that micro-homes could be the answer to London’s shortage of available homes for first time buyers. The...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

The future's bright - here's how your agency can thrive in 2019

Even with 2019 well underway, letting agents need to keep refining their long-term goals and business targets. For agencies with a...

12 January 2019

From: Features

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 the deposit-free rental model a good idea?

When renting a property out, letting agents and landlords recognise that it is important to take a deposit from the tenant...

15 December 2018

From: Features

What are the biggest challenges facing letting agents in 2019?

There is a perfect storm brewing in the lettings market, and as the saying goes, “you can’t change the direction of...

12 December 2018

From: Features

What do modern renters want from letting agents?

The UK renting demographic is diversifying at a rapid pace. While the current market poses many challenges for traditional letting agents,...

05 December 2018

From: Features

What is the key to a smooth and efficient pre-tenancy process?

People now expect a streamlined, digital-first experience from every single service they interact with - and the lettings industry is no...

14 November 2018

From: Features

PropTech Today: Agents - here’s why you need to differentiate more

I remember renting flats when I was a 25-year-old negotiator at Foxtons. Many of you will remember my love for the...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Transparency and control - two conflicting tech challenges

I am currently in the back of a taxi. The deadline for this piece is looming and I am desperate to...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Three-year tenancies - should they be compulsory?

An open rental market, where neither landlord nor tenant is in a dominant position, enables rents to rise and fall, which...

27 October 2018

From: Features

The dos and don’ts of email marketing

Given that ‘UK buyers are the most digitally active home hunters’, with HSBC’s Beyond the Bricks report stating that 90% of...

24 October 2018

From: Features

Coup for OnTheMarket as it signs Britain's biggest franchise agency

OnTheMarket has this morning announced that franchise giant Belvoir will list all of its 300-plus branches on the challenger portal.  This includes...

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Government unveils new body 'to raise agency standards'

The government has unveiled a new body which, it claims, will raise agency standards. There is a long-standing commitment from the government...

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Ditch High Street branches and use serviced offices, urges agency chief

Increasingly cash-strapped traditional estate agencies should consider abandoning their High Street offices and work from serviced offices or similar lower-profile and...

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – legislation, legislation, legislation

Landlords and letting agents might feel they’ve taken a bit of a battering from the government in recent years – and...

22 September 2018

From: Features

PropTech Today: will Unmortgage change our industry forever?

Those of you who receive (and read) my Sunday PropTech Review will know that, by far and away, the most shared...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

CPRs; the implications

In 2014 The Properties Misdescriptions Act was repealed and replaced with the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations, otherwise known as...

29 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Five simple ways to improve renter satisfaction

For too long the private rented sector has been complacent towards customer satisfaction. In the changing rental landscape, the smartest letting...

25 August 2018

From: Features

'Brexit smog' blamed for long-term slump in Foxtons' share price

The investment bank Jefferies says Foxtons’ long-running share price slump is a reflection of Brexit uncertainty “until we find out what...

14 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Q&A with Stephen Ludlow, ludlowthompson

Next week ludlowthompson celebrates its 25th anniversary. Here, I catch up with Stephen Ludlow, co-founder and now executive director of the...

11 August 2018

From: Features

Property concierge: could this be one of agents’ future tenant services?

With all the recent change and upheaval in the rental sector it may be time to consider how letting agencies will...

04 August 2018

From: Features

PropTech Today: How can agents boost revenue with Open Banking?

Since January 2018, nine of the UK’s biggest banks have allowed competitors direct access to customer data as part of the...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

PRS 2.0 – it’s time to focus on retention rather than churn

Renting has long been characterised as a stepping stone onto the housing ladder for the younger generations. But in recent years,...

07 July 2018

From: Features

Property Natter – ten years of Estate Agent Today!

Cast your mind back to July 2008 – Gordon Brown was Prime Minister, the Euros were in full swing in Austria/Switzerland...

30 June 2018

From: Features

Security deposit cap – where do landlords and tenants stand?

We’re lucky enough to interact with thousands of landlords and tenants every month. As a result, we get the chance to...

27 June 2018

From: Features

Why rent? It's now cheaper to buy than rent in every UK region

Potential first-time buyers in every area of the UK would have lower monthly outgoings if they bought a property rather than...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Corporate living? No thanks

The pace of change is extraordinary. As we reach the middle of one conversation, rumblings of the next already begin. I think...

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Top agent continues media fightback and needs your heroic stories

Respected industry spokesperson Kristjan Byfield is continuing his fightback against the negative coverage of the agency industry in the mainstream press...

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agents – here’s why your landlords should be targeting middle-aged renters

There is a common misconception that the private rented sector (PRS) is entirely made up of young professionals and students. While...

18 May 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Fraudulent sellers: solicitors must pay but should agents improve checks?

The Court of Appeal has overturned controversial fraud decisions which have a bearing on agents’ and conveyancers’ responsibilities for checking buyers’...

16 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Vote Conservative...get Labour?

If you want to know whether buy to let, landlords and letting agents will be in the firing line for more...

28 April 2018

From: Features

Property Natter: agents bucking the high street downturn

Maplin, Toys R Us, Carpetright, Warren Evans – what do they have in common? All are well-known high street chains that...

21 April 2018

From: Features

PropTech: Comparison website acquires online property forum

The comparison site Reallymoving, which allows users to get online quotes for conveyancers, surveyors and removal firms, has acquired the property...

22 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer launches new online advice service for buyers

TV property expert Phil Spencer is launching an online advice service for buyers and tenants, including offering guidance on the specific...

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Senior agents say wider issues must be addressed in housing debate

An estate agent and former chairman of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors says the government’s latest drive to build new...

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – a property invasion on our tellies

The death of traditional TV – where viewers sit down together to watch shows at defined times – has been much...

24 February 2018

From: Features

Treasury set to rake in record CGT this year - with more to come

A forecast suggests HM Revenue & Customs will rake in no less than £8.8 billion in Capital Gains Tax in 2018...

23 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – Q & A with Isobel Thomson, NALS

This week I carry out a question and answer session with one of the most high-profile names in property. Isobel Thomson has...

10 February 2018

From: Features

Client Money Protection insurance: Protecting you and your clients

A new year means new predictions for what’s to come in the letting industry. Sometimes things come to fruition as expected....

10 February 2018

From: Features

Rental market analysis: what is the outlook for 2018?

A range of factors - including fierce competition under the supplied housing market, rising property prices and political uncertainty – have...

08 February 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Property Natter: an eco-friendly approach and the importance of GDPR

In recent years January has become the month of detoxes, fad diets, health kicks such as Dry January and Veganuary, and...

27 January 2018

From: Features

Government to consult on a single Ombudsman across all housing issues

The government says it is going to look at “bold options” to improve consumer redress across all aspects of housing -...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Differentiate or die - Airbnb’s messy ecosystem

The rise of Airbnb has been majestic, going all the way from conception to becoming a common noun in less than...

08 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

Dismay as Tories admit extra housing cash means only 25,000 homes

The Conservative party, in a press statement released to clarify comments made by Theresa May, says the government’s proposed extra £2...

05 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Is the stigma of renting at odds with our broken housing market?

I’ve written before about the impact of headlines on the property industry. Interest rate speculation.   Market booms and busts. Demand...

16 September 2017

From: Features

PropTech Today: Conference season - Where will I see you?

And so summer draws to a close. The slow, lazy months of July and August have come to pass and the...

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Vetting tenants to ensure they are all they seem

When a tenant failed to pay any rent after the first month his tenancy last year, the landlord did not expect...

26 August 2017

From: Features

Nil deposit schemes – a new era for the rental market?

Research from the Centre for Economics and Business Research has shown that the cost of the average rental deposit is expected...

19 August 2017

From: Features

“Super short-term rentals” and subletting: the future of the private rented sector

Historically, short-term rentals have been an unattractive business for the majority of estate agents and property managers. Scarcity of demand from tenants...

04 August 2017

From: Features

PropTech Today: The long-term future of renting is short-term lettings

You may have heard that Airbnb and property management company, Lavanda has closed a £1 million angel investment round.  Backers include Purplebricks...

19 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Queen’s speech: Property industry reacts to proposed tenant fee ban

The Queen’s speech to the British parliament this week was a scaled-back affair, which was unsurprising given the Grenfell Tower fire,...

23 June 2017

From: Features

Would you ‘let’ a property go under the hammer?

The popularity of property auctions in the UK has increased enormously in recent years, supported by popular TV shows such as...

17 June 2017

From: Features

PropTech Today: Uber and Moda Living collaborate on Build to Rent

It has been announced that Uber, the taxi company, has teamed up with build to rent firm, Moda Living, to ‘revolutionise renting’.    This...

31 May 2017

From: Breaking News

How service drives up standards of student lets

Student accommodation is positively luxurious compared with the drafty digs of my student days. En-suites, studio flats, even cinemas in halls...

27 May 2017

From: Features

Why we’re absorbing tenant fees until a decision is made

In November 2016 when the Autumn Statement was delivered by Chancellor Philip Hammond, the announcement was made to ban letting agent...

20 May 2017

From: Features

Online reviews - They’re here to stay

Odds are that you use TripAdvisor when you book a restaurant or hotel; perhaps you scroll down Amazon before clicking ‘buy...

29 April 2017

From: Features

5 steps to golden customer service

Walk in your customers’ shoes Experiencing your business as your customers do would be our number one rule. How often do you...

13 April 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Stamp duty: A year on and the government has scored an own goal

A year ago, we were days away from the introduction of a 3% stamp duty surcharge on second homes – a...

24 March 2017

From: Features

PropTech Today: Goodlord and Nested raise funding for second time

In a week that I am recovering from the exuberance of MIPIM, there are two big pieces of fundraising news that...

22 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks whips up more publicity in viral Facebook entry

There’s been another flurry of publicity for Purplebricks following the posting of photographs and statements online by a blogger whose property...

21 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Portillo attacks Tory government over owner-occupier 'freefall'

Former Conservative minister Michael Portillo has made an outspoken attack on his former party over its switch of housing policy emphasis from...

10 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Budget 2017 wishlist: Expectations from the property sector

Looking ahead to the Spring Budget this week, the Chancellor Philip Hammond will be obliged to face up to the implications...

04 March 2017

From: Features

And now for something completely different...Co-Living

We’re used to stories on how the buying and renting of ‘formal’ accommodation - flats and houses - has become increasingly...

17 February 2017

From: Features

Agents critical of White Paper squandered opportunity

The government’s attitude of “Nanny knows best” has “squandered another opportunity” to make a real difference to the housing crisis, according...

08 February 2017

From: Breaking News

White Paper: poor new-build figures as emphasis shifts to renting

There's bad news for the government in the form of house building targets on the eve of its long-awaited Housing White...

06 February 2017

From: Breaking News

What next for the rental market in 2017?

The rental market has had to face a raft of changes over the past year, including the introduction of the 3% stamp...

14 January 2017

From: Features

This is what people find frustrating about estate agents (apparently)

Allegedly-inaccurate descriptions and difficulties finding convenient times for viewings are among the most common frustrations people find when buying and renting. That’s...

06 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Government consults over 'banning orders' for 'rogue property agents'

The government has launched an official consultation process on a package of measures to crack down on what it calls ‘rogue...

14 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Long-awaited Redfern Review into housing expected tomorrow

Labour’s long-awaited Redfern Review, set up a year ago after the party’s defeat in the general election, finally reports tomorrow. Although it...

15 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Predicting rental success – which factors matter?

The growing size and scale of the private rented sector is not new news. Headlines shout about the changing profile of...

05 November 2016

From: Features

Stay safe: Suzy Lamplugh Trust urges agents to sign up to new code

Three decades after 25-year-old Suzy Lamplugh disappeared on a house viewing, the charity set up in her name is calling on...

05 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Is buy-to-let investing still a safe bet?

The huge rush to acquire buy-to-let property in the first quarter of the year ahead of the stamp duty change deadline...

09 September 2016

From: Features

Tenancy deposit protection schemes offer peace of mind

For many people buy-to-let continues to look an attractive income investment at a time of low saving rates and stock market...

26 August 2016

From: Features

Edward Trustworth, My Tenanted Property - Founder

Who are you? Edward Trustworth, 23 What does it say on your business card? Founder, MyTenantedProperty.com What does the business do and what are you...

24 August 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

What can the lettings industry learn from AirBnB, Vrumi and JustPark?

Barely a week goes by without news of the latest disastrous AirBnB experience suffered by an unsuspecting landlord.   Whether it’s damage...

22 July 2016

From: Features

Property auctions market round-up Q2 2016

With a number of agent partner programmes available nationwide, estate agents can often increase business by offering sales by auction, especially...

15 July 2016

From: Features

Global property insight

With the new Formula One season now well underway, we delve into the fast lane to take you on a whirlwind...

08 July 2016

From: Features

Housing costs 'delaying young people from reaching key life milestones'

Campagining housing charity Shelter claims that an estimated 13 million people aged between 18 and 44 feel the high costs of buying...

07 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency amends website after first time buyer complaint to watchdog

An estate agency has amended its website after being contacted by the Advertising Standards Authority following a complaint from a member...

29 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents Do Charity - a bumper edition, scoring just before the Euros

Let’s face it - the biggest distraction for many estate agents in the coming weeks may well be the Euro 2016...

10 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Isn’t it time to embrace ‘Generation Rent’?

Use of the term ‘generation rent’ has grown beyond all measure in recent years, but it’s not always quoted in the...

27 May 2016

From: Features

Education, Education, Education – and renting and buying, too

So what is it with young people failing to stand up for themselves and not making the most of their money...

20 May 2016

From: Features

Time to stick it up: Agents still not complying with transparency law

Running a business is not easy, but sometimes it becomes harder because we are expected to modify our behaviour due to...

20 May 2016

From: Features

A short, sharp shock from short lets?

We’re all talking about second home stamp duty, changes to tax relief and the Prudential Regulation Authority’s suggestion that banks should...

15 April 2016

From: Features

Tax and Buy-to-Let – how short are our memories?

We talk about the unstoppable rise of buy-to-let and forget that it was only as recently as the early 1970’s that...

08 April 2016

From: Features

Subletting: The rogue to the legitimate

Subletting of prime London lettings properties is a lucrative business.  What began as a rogue trade over the course of several years,...

08 April 2016

From: Features

The rise of an increasingly unpredictable market

Property has long been a safe investment. Before the downturn in 2008, sellers were able to gain a healthy capital return.  Post-economic...

25 March 2016

From: Features

More evidence that young people want to buy - but expect to rent

Large proportions of younger people want to own a home but increasingly feel they simply cannot afford to buy - and...

24 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Have we reached tipping point for many private landlords?

With less than a month to go before the new rate of stamp duty kicks in for second property purchasers, we’re...

18 March 2016

From: Features

Rightmove announces records for visits, leads and profits

In line with the industry’s expectations, Rightmove has announced its results declaring a record performance by almost every measure. There were a...

26 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Analyst berates cheeky government over home ownership figures

A respected housing market analyst says “it's a bit cheeky” of housing minister Brandon Lewis to claim credit for figures suggesting...

22 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: the interior revolution of estate agents’ offices

Estate agents with a difference, a twist, a unique selling point, whatever you want to call it, seem to be becoming...

20 February 2016

From: Features

Do tenants want longer tenancies?

Shelter has been tirelessly campaigning for longer tenancies for the last few years.  The charity has led the case for change and...

20 February 2016

From: Features

Knowing too much about property can be a disadvantage

Public relations used to be a minor part of estate agency, something only ‘the big boys’ paid for and with little...

30 January 2016

From: Features

You read it here first – what to look for in 2016

There’s been plenty of forecasting in recent weeks - banks, consultancies and high-end estate agents have predicted house prices in the...

31 December 2015

From: Features

Rightmove visited 110 million times each month in 2015

There were 110 million visits to Rightmove on average every month in 2015. Results for the site, which measured hits from January 1...

21 December 2015

From: Breaking News

70,000 new households a year can't afford to buy or rent says agency

Over the next five years at least 70,000 new households a year in England alone will be unable to afford to...

17 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent – What we learn from Germany and the US

I make no apologies for returning to Build To Rent, the institutional investment in building and managing blocks of flats to...

13 November 2015

From: Features

We need more than just affordable homes, builders tell government

Scotland’s home building industry says at least 100,000 homes of all tenures are needed by the end of the next Scottish...

05 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Far fewer sellers hampered by chains, says new Countrywide research

New research from Countrywide suggests that the growth of the private rental sector and the higher number of mortgages means far...

02 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Reasons to be cheerful (Even if you’re involved in buy to let)

A reader of Industry Views is unlikely to need converting to the virtues of buy to let, but anyone involved in...

30 October 2015

From: Features

A tale of rising rents and ageing occupants

It would seem that now is a better time than ever for investors to join the buy-to-let market.  The Royal Institute of...

16 October 2015

From: Features

How ‘lush’ is your CRM?

It will come as no surprise for those who have read the recently published Which? annual customer service survey which polled...

02 October 2015

From: Features

Let's not stand back and blame the market for inactivity

Despite seeing the word in many industry pieces, using ‘crisis’ to describe anything related to the UK housing market at present...

18 September 2015

From: Features

The reign of the renter

This month analysis by the Office for National Statistics revealed that the average home in England and Wales cost a record...

28 August 2015

From: Features

Portals should carry private sales plus agents' stock - claim

An opinion poll of over 2,000 people conducted for The House Shop shows that a majority of people would use a...

21 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Agency figures make last-gasp pleas to Osborne

Estate and letting agents and other figures in the property industry have been making their last-minute calls on Chancellor George Osborne...

08 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Fracking may cut house prices 7% - but it will boost renting

Fracking could reduce house prices by as much as seven per cent and make homes harder to sell because of traffic...

03 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Fee disclosure: Are you ready for an inspection?

Earlier this week we passed the official deadline for letting agents to fully publicise their fees as well as providing evidence of...

29 May 2015

From: Features

Hollinrake backs Right To Buy extension despite controversy

Hunters founder and new Conservative MP Kevin Hollinrake says he supports the Tory policy of extending Right To Buy to housing...

20 May 2015

From: Breaking News

The spotlight on our sector will not diminish, despite the result of the election

I write this article on the day of the General Election so you’ll forgive the political analogies. In particular, how any...

08 May 2015

From: Features

'One million landlords exit the PRS' - the headline you don’t want to read

Ian Wilson, the head of Martin & Co, recently threw his hat into the ring regarding Labour’s stated intention to cap...

04 May 2015

From: Features

Only 43 affordable London homes claims Shelter

The housing charity Shelter claims that there are only 43 truly affordable homes on sale across all of London. That number “would...

30 April 2015

From: Breaking News

Letter from the Publisher – What are the challenger parties saying about housing?

With another hung parliament looking increasingly likely, the so-called ‘challenger parties’ look set to have a major say in who forms...

23 April 2015

From: Features

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