Nick Clegg and Justin King confirmed as ARLA Conference 2018 speakers

Wednesday 13 December 2017

PRESS RELEASE: ARLA Propertymark has secured as its keynote speakers for their 2018 Conference former Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, as well as business magnate, Justin King, who, as their youngest CEO, is credited with transforming the fortunes of J Sainsbury PLC.

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GDPR: Keep calm and carry out an audit

Tuesday 12 December 2017

With a major change to data protection legislation looming in May 2018, there is a growing chorus claiming there will be calamity over compliance. Tales of being fined €20m and losing the ability to market to your existing client database are somewhat exaggerated though. Neil Manito, Product Owner at Reapit, offers a measured view of what GDPR means to estate agency and lettings…

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Propertymark Share Predictions for 2018

Monday 11 December 2017

PRESS RELEASE: As we approach the New Year, there are a number of hurdles on the horizon but scope to remain hopeful. With further interest rate rises expected, Brexit negotiations to overcome and the cost of living escalating, the property market could see significant changes. NAEA Propertymark and ARLA Propertymark share their predictions for the rental/buying market, looking ahead to 2018

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Can you help Syrian Refugees find a home?

Friday 08 December 2017

London councils are currently looking for landlords who could help house Syrian refugees. Many councils will even guarantee rent to landlords for the 24-month period and cover costs for void periods.

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Regulation must be effective and affordable

Thursday 07 December 2017

ARLA Propertymark has responded to the Government’s call for evidence on the letting and managing agent market with a clear outline for regulation and training.

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Spread the cost of quality CMP across all letting agents

Thursday 07 December 2017

ARLA Propertymark has issued our response to the Government consultation on mandatory CMP giving our views and comments on how the rules should be designed, implemented and enforced.

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ARLA Propertymark helping to combat rogue landlords

Wednesday 06 December 2017

Following the launch of an inquiry by The Communities and Local Government Committee into whether councils have adequate powers to tackle rogue landlords, ARLA Propertymark has issued a full response.

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ARLA Propertymark respond to draft London Housing Strategy

Tuesday 05 December 2017

London Mayor Sadiq Khan is a Mayor on a mission, seemingly determined to take the tough decisions needed to tackle the capital's housing crisis.

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ARLA Propertymark and NAEA Propertymark’s 2017 property market overview

Monday 04 December 2017

PRESS RELEASE: As we come toward the end of 2017, ARLA Propertymark and NAEA Propertymark have analysed their sales and lettings data to reveal trends and expectations for 2018.

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New private residential tenancies for Scotland from tomorrow

Thursday 30 November 2017

As of 1 December 2017, under the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016, a new Private Residential Tenancy (PRT) will replace the previous assured and short assured tenancy agreements for all new tenancies granted in Scotland.

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Don't forget: display of fees and CMP still applies!

Friday 24 November 2017

Whilst we wait for legislation to be passed over letting agent fees, it's important to remember that it's currently a legal requirement to display your fees, and if you belong to a Client Money Protection scheme.

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ARLA Propertymark agents report high levels of rental activity in Scotland

Friday 24 November 2017

ARLA Propertymark Protected agents, Galbraith have reported that the Dumfries and Galloway property market remains buoyant and continues to show healthy levels of activity.

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Select Committee to scrutinise fee ban legislation

Thursday 23 November 2017

The Communities and Local Government (CLG) Select Committee has announced that it will conduct pre-legislative scrutiny of the Government’s proposals to ban tenant fees imposed by landlords and letting agents on tenants in England.

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Universal Credit gets a revamp in Autumn Budget

Wednesday 22 November 2017

Amid growing criticism at the way the introduction of Universal Credit as replacement to the six previous benefits, has caused suffering to many claimants and fear of increased homelessness as a result, Chancellor Philip Hammond has finally bowed to the pressure from other politicians and lobbying groups, including ARLA Propertymark.

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ARLA Propertymark comments on today’s Autumn Budget

Wednesday 22 November 2017

PRESS RELEASE: David Cox, Chief Executive, ARLA Propertymark comments on today’s Autumn Budget:

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Rent Smart Wales prosecutes first agent

Wednesday 22 November 2017

Rent Smart Wales enforcement activity is gathering momentum as the one year anniversary of the registration deadline approaches.

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Leaders show that lettings businesses can still thrive

Tuesday 21 November 2017

ARLA Propertymark Protected agency, Leaders, are a shining example of how lettings businesses can still thrive, despite the challenges the industry faces being bigger now than they've even been.

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Do you charge clients who pay by credit or debit card?

Thursday 16 November 2017

If so, you need to be aware that it will soon be illegal to do so under new regulations which will come into force shortly.

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Universal Credit in the news again for all the wrong reasons

Thursday 16 November 2017

Universal Credit is in the news again for all the wrong reasons. We've lobbied the Government over our concerns about this recently introduced benefit, but real-life examples of tenant hardship were brought to the fore in a heated debate in the House of Commons yesterday.

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Chief Executive's update

Monday 13 November 2017

It’s been one of the busiest months we can remember here at Propertymark HQ with the Government having announced more consultations, reports and legislation than you can shake a stick at. With so much going on, as part of a running feature we take a look at how ARLA Propertymark Chief Executive David Cox has been spending his time serving our members’ interests.

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Summary of responses for tobacco consultation

Monday 13 November 2017

Back in May, ARLA Propertymark responded to the Government's consultation on the illicit trading and smuggling of tobacco products, in a bid to crack down on tobacco duty evasion.

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Electrical Safety Standards in the private rented sector: working group report

Friday 10 November 2017

A Government working group of industry experts set up to assess the current electrical safety risk to private sector tenants and provide guidance on any legislative requirements, have now published their view on the regulation and standards on electrical safety within the private rented sector PRS.

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ARLA Propertymark signs cross-party letter calling for end to LHA freeze

Friday 10 November 2017

ARLA Propertymark has signed a cross-party letter, initiated by Shelter, calling for end to the Local Housing Allowance freeze.

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Summary of responses to fees sheds more light on Government thinking

Friday 10 November 2017

The Department for Communities and Local Government have published a summary of responses and its response to the consultation on banning letting fees paid by tenants in England. The document summarises the comments received and sets out the Government’s approach and next steps.

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Smoke and carbon regulations come under scrutiny

Thursday 09 November 2017

Last week, the Government announced that they are to review the effectiveness of the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015. This is of major importance as it effects all landlords of private rented sector properties in England, and their agents.

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Consultation announced for mandatory CMP

Wednesday 01 November 2017

It looks increasingly likely that Client Money Protection (CMP) will become mandatory for all letting agents in England as the Government launches a consultation on CMP inviting views and comments on how the rules should be designed, implemented and enforced.

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Tenant Fees Bill at a glance

Wednesday 01 November 2017

The Government has published a Draft Tenant Fees Bill which raises unprecedented questions for the future of the industry and brings all agencies, large and small, to a fork in the road.

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Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigrations Call for Evidence on Right to Rent

Friday 27 October 2017

The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration (ICIBI) is calling for evidence in an evaluation of the Right to Rent scheme. The process has already invited stakeholders who took part in the Home Office Landlords Consultative Panel to contribute and ARLA Propertymark is submitting evidence as part of this.

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The real horrors of Halloween

Friday 27 October 2017

Gas Safe logos are now available to ARLA Propertymark members in sticker form for you to display in your offices.

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Regulation of managing agents

Thursday 26 October 2017

Scrutiny of the sector continues, with no signs of stopping just yet, as the Housing Minister announced last week that they have now turned their attention to how managing agents operate.

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