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Call for national register and indefinite tenancies for rental sector

Tuesday 30th March 2021
Letting Agent Today

A charity is calling for a new national body to oversee the private rental sector. Citizens Advice makes this one of three demands it wants from the forthcoming Renters' Reform Bill, expected to be introduced…

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Blow to lettings sector as Green Homes Grant axed

Monday 29th March 2021
Letting Agent Today

The initiative which the government hoped would transform energy efficiency in the private rental sector is being axed this week. The Green Homes Grant - launched last September - was praised for its aims but widely criticised for its…

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Client Money Protection bank deadline nears, agents warned

Monday 22nd March 2021
Letting Agent Today

Letting agents have only 10 days to open segregated client accounts or they could face being expelled by their client money protection scheme. That's the view of industry supplier…

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The end of EPCs? Government told to scrap ‘outdated’ scheme

Monday 22nd March 2021
Graham Norwood

Energy Performance Certificates ought to be scrapped because they are outdated and not fit for purpose. That's the view of an influential group of MPs who have issued a damning report on the government's attempts to reach…

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Help bring rental sector Health and Safety up to date, agents urged

Friday 19th March 2021
Letting Agent Today

Letting agencies are being urged to help to shape the future of the rental sector by completing a survey as part of a new government review. The review is of the Housing Health and…

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Tough new fire regulations for HMOs and multi-tenancy buildings

Thursday 18th March 2021
Graham Norwood

Landlords and managing agents of HMOs could face unlimited fines following new measures being brought in to strengthen fire safety, the Home Office has announced. Exact details are awaited but the new measures, announced as part…

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Rogue landlord ordered to pay back £739k in illegal rent or face jail

Tuesday 2nd March 2021
Property Eye

An unscrupulous landlord who operated multi-tenant properties in north-west London without consent has been ordered to pay back £739,263.58 in illicit earnings or face jail,…

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Up and Up - rental growth picks up for the sixth month in a row

Tuesday 16th February 2021
Letting Agent Today

The rate of rental growth picked up for the sixth month running according to lettings agency Hamptons. Across Great Britain rents rose 4.3 per cent last month, up from 4.1 per cent in December. The South…

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“Horrible crime” of illegal eviction probed by police

Monday 15th February 2021
Graham Norwood

A 24 month community order and 200 hours of unpaid work are the price being paid for an unlawful eviction. Buy to let investor Gary Dulson has pleaded guilty to unlawful eviction. Barnsley Magistrates' Court…

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Rental demand up just as supply goes down, reports Rightmove

Monday 8th February 2021
Letting Agent Today

Rightmove's analysis of its own listings for January suggests demand in the rental market is 14 per cent up on a year earlier - just as supply is precisely 14 per…

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