A survey of students in Birmingham has discovered that over 44 per cent of respondents claim to have paid what the organisers call â€˜hiddenâ€™ fees to letting agents.
Contrary to a number of trends identified by lettings organisations and surveys of tenants, an insurance firm is claiming that tenancies lasting over five years are less common than they have been in the recent past.
A survey of 1,000 tenants and landlords has provided evidence of what many agents already know - that the growing complexity of the private rental sector is proving challenging for many tenants and landlords alike to understand.
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has given a stark warning about the cumulative effect of the additional homes stamp duty and the change to mortgage interest tax relief on the health of the private rental sector.
Shelter - the campaigning charity many feel has had influence on government policies for the lettings sector - has now turned around and criticised the Housing White Paper for not going far enough on rental reform.
The government's Housing White Paper may have made many broad pledges aimed at the private rental sector, but it still remains vague on progress on the banning of letting agents' fees levied on tenants in England.
The Residential Landlords Association has made a last-minute plea for buy to let investors to remain central to the government's plans for the private rental sector, set to be outlined in the long-awaited Housing White Paper this morning.
The head of MartinCo, the country's largest franchise agency group, says the government's buy to let tax changes and lettings fee proposals do not significantly impact the fundamental drivers which will lead to rental sector expansion.
The buy to let mortgage market has suffered something of a battering in recent months but now Post Office Money is launching a new range of products on Friday, aimed at first-time landlords or those with small portfolios.