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Jonathan Quinn

March 2018

At the time of writing, Northern Ireland continues to be disadvantaged by the lack of a power-sharing Government and while there appears to be progress at Stormont, it will remain to be seen how quickly things can be back up and running. Prior to the collapse, the review of the private rented sector was moving at a fast pace, including an extensive public consultation which ARLA Propertymark contributed to in a detailed manner on behalf of its members.

My colleague Jamie previously commented in terms of what the review proposed, but in summary it offers a chance to bring the private rented sector in Northern Ireland into the twenty-first century.

On a day-to-day basis, agents are reporting that they are busy, although it appears that there is a lack of stock in some areas. There is some concern that landlords are considering selling up and opting to leave the sector. In other cases there appears to be a reluctance by some landlords to increase their portfolios. Recent Government policy in relation to tax and stamp duty is often quoted as the reason for this.

On a more positive note, Jamie and I are working well together as the Northern Ireland reps and are beginning to engage with non-members. We have found that there is a willingness of others to join ARLA Propertymark and we are confident that Northern Ireland agents will have a stronger voice going forward as a result of increased membership.

Jonathan Quinn FNAEA, FARLA
ARLA Propertymark Regional Representative

South West

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