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Letting agents demand mortgage lenders cut rates to help market

Friday 1st March 2024
Graham Norwood

The letting agents' trade body Propertymark has made the unexpected move of calling on banks to cut mortgage rates. Rates are typically decided by market forces rather than lobbying, but Propertymark is calling…

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Channel Five investigation exposes huge surge in property fraud

Friday 1st March 2024
Robyn Hall

Property ownership is a cornerstone of financial stability for millions of people yet the threat of property fraud remains largely underestimated, says TV show. Channel Five's TV show 'Scams: Don't Get Caught Out' has revealed a staggering 84% rise of…

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Short-term lets not to blame for housing crisis, says Airbnb firm

Thursday 29th February 2024
David Callaghan

Stefan Hoffelner of Your AirHost says housing issues are too complex to simply be explained by too many holiday lets. Airbnb management firm Your AirHost has attacked the Government's plans for holiday lets. Short term lets advertised through platforms such as Airbnb…

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Landlords slam government over Section 21 ban confusion

Wednesday 28th February 2024
David Callaghan

Ben Beadle of the NRLA says ministers must discuss openly reports they are planning to weaken proposals to scrap 'no fault' evictions. Landlords have demanded the Government comes clean about its…

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‘Are Government’s short-lets rules just political manoeuvring?’

Wednesday 28th February 2024
William Reeve, Goodlord

Goodlord boss William Reeve wonders whether proposed new rules for holidays lets are common sense or just Gove getting ready an election? Earlier this month Housing Secretary Michael Gove announced a set of proposed…

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Letting agents must be ‘taught how to deal with poorer tenants’

Tuesday 27th February 2024
Robyn Hall

Generation Rent outlines framework for qualifications for letting agents as the House of Lords looks at the regulation of property agents. Letting agents dealing with low-income tenants and those on welfare support should be qualified to help promote understanding and…

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Lords sceptical of Gove’s Section 21 evictions ban promise

Thursday 22nd February 2024
Nigel Lewis

Government minister gets a grilling about her boss's claim that 'no fault' evictions "will be outlawed before General Election". Michael Gove's claim that Section 21 evictions will be banned before the General Election have been called into doubt…

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Agents, landlords and tenants warned over ‘latest rental fraud’

Wednesday 21st February 2024
Nigel Lewis

Criminals who target renters going through referencing process are newest kind of sophisticated fraudster to emerge from the internet. Letting agents have been…

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Leading portfolio landlord fined £10k after ignoring prohibition orders

Tuesday 20th February 2024
Nigel Lewis

Amarjit Singh Kullar, who trades as A & S Properties, owns about 260 rental homes in Leicester and breached two orders, a court has ruled. A landlord left his…

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Campaigners slam MPs for trying to scupper renting reforms

Tuesday 20th February 2024
Robyn Hall

One proposed amendment from the group of MPs would allow fixed term tenancies to be retained where there is 'mutual agreement' between tenant and landlord. A group…

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