Client Accounting and the Annual Accountant Report – There Is Another Way

Monday 18 February 2019

So, you’ve refined your business idea, come up with a business plan, and your lettings agency is now in full swing. However, what you never anticipate in those daydream days of business building, is the amount of administration you will need to complete.

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Tenant Fees Act passes in to law

Tuesday 12 February 2019

Following a long and enduring process, legislation banning most tenant fees in England received Royal Assent today.

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Have you provided your tenants and landlords a copy of the Letting Agent Code of Practice?

Tuesday 12 February 2019

If you're an agent operating in Scotland and the answer is no, then you'd better be prepared for a First Tier Tribunal decision against you as illustrated by a recent case highlighted below.

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Could you be the voice of the industry?

Monday 11 February 2019

We are delighted to launch our search for the next ARLA Propertymark Vice President and NAEA Propertymark Vice President (VP).

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The dangers of renting through social media

Tuesday 05 February 2019

We catch up with ARLA Propertymark representative for Kent, David Votta, who gives his perspective about the dangers of renting property through social media.

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London landlords leave market in their droves

Friday 01 February 2019

London letting agent branches each saw an average of six landlords sell their properties and exit the market in December, our Private Rented Sector report found.

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Review of tenancy deposit schemes in Scotland

Thursday 31 January 2019

The Scottish Government has released results from research with tenants, landlords and schemes as part of a review of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme in Scotland.

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Government announce mandatory electrical safety checks

Tuesday 29 January 2019

Today, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has announced that mandatory five-year electrical installation checks on private rented housing in England will be introduced in a phased approach.

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Consultation response: we consider the case for a Housing Court

Friday 25 January 2019

We’ve responded to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s call for evidence which takes a look at problems with the current courts and tribunals system and considers that case for a new Housing Court.

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Setting the records straight on Register My Appliance Day

Thursday 24 January 2019

Today, on Register My Appliance Day, the domestic appliance industry is reminding the public to take a few minutes to register the 170 million large appliances they rely on every day to handle essential chores, chill food and cook for their families.

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Tenant Fees Bill update

Thursday 24 January 2019

Following its passage in the House of Lords last week, the Tenant Fees Bill passed its final hurdle in Parliament.

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Mayor pushes for rent controls

Thursday 24 January 2019

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, yesterday announced that he will develop a new blueprint for stabilising private rents in the capital.

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Scotland revises the PRS Repairing Standard

Wednesday 23 January 2019

Following analysis of the responses to the Scottish Government's consultation in Spring 2017 on introducing a minimum energy efficiency standard and amending the PRS Repairing Standard, draft legislation has been laid before parliament to introduce amendments to the current legislation.

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Business as usual at TDS following fire

Tuesday 22 January 2019

Steve Harriott, Chief Executive Officer at Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS), discusses the serious fire at the company’s head-office, and how meticulous planning and a strong team meant that the service continued with barely a hiccough.

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Are you ready for Register your Appliance Day 2019?

Monday 21 January 2019

On 24 January 2019, the public will be reminded that it has never been easier to protect themselves and their homes by registering the millions of large white goods that they rely on every day.

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Would you like Right to Rent checks to be easier?

Monday 21 January 2019

The Home Office is developing a new online service to make completing right to rent checks quicker and easier, but they need your help to make the service work and bring it to life.

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Rent Smart Wales enforcement intensifies

Monday 21 January 2019

It's now been well over two years since the introduction of Rent Smart Wales. Here we take a look at recent enforcement activity, with rent repayment orders becoming more common and enforcement teams showing renewed vigour to ensure that no stone is left unturned.

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Stamp of approval for Safe Deposits Scotland

Friday 18 January 2019

Seven members of staff from the tenant deposit protection scheme, SafeDeposits Scotland, have been awarded an their level 6 Award in Lettings and Property Management from Propertymark Qualifications.

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Energy Efficiency Inquiry response

Thursday 17 January 2019

Brexit aside, energy efficiency is high on the Government's agenda with targets getting progressively stricter in the run up to the 2030, when private rented properties must have an EPC rating of C or better. This week we've submitted our response to the Government's inquiry on energy efficiency which asks - are the targets too ambitious?

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Councils receive additional funding to tackle rogue landlords

Thursday 17 January 2019

Housing Minister, Heather Wheeler has announced that more than 50 councils in England are to benefit from a funding pot of £2.4 million to help them tackle rogue landlords.

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Small agencies could benefit from FREE world-class training programme

Wednesday 16 January 2019

Cass Business School, in partnership with the University of Oxford and Bocconi University, have launched Strategy Insight Lab, a three-month business support programme for UK based microbusinesses and start-ups.

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Tenant Fees Ban comes into force from 1 June 2019

Tuesday 15 January 2019

Today the government announced that the Tenant Fees Bill will come into force in England on 1 June 2019. Following today’s Third Reading in the House of Lords, the Bill is likely to receive Royal Assent in the coming weeks.

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Coventry City Council's proposals for two new licensing schemes

Tuesday 15 January 2019

Coventry City Council is consulting on two proposals that will place tighter controls on the standards of private sector landlords and the behaviour of tenants.

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Line-up announced for ARLA Propertymark Conference 2019

Monday 14 January 2019

Just when you thought this year's ARLA Propertymark Conference couldn't get any bigger, we've added even more incredible industry names to the line-up.

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TDS appoint independent complaints reviewer in first for sector

Wednesday 09 January 2019

Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS), the private rented sector’s longest establish deposit protection scheme, has appointed Margaret Doyle as its new external Independent Complaints Reviewer, the first in its industry to do so.

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Why letting agents should be relishing 2019

Tuesday 08 January 2019

We catch up with Simon Tillyer, Director of Vouch and Shefflets as we get his personal thoughts on why, despite the forthcoming Tenant Fee Ban in England, there are still reasons to be cheerful, and opportunities available.

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First year of Mortgage Interest Relief cuts to kick in

Friday 04 January 2019

If previous years are anything to go by, as the 31 January deadline looms, landlords across the country will be frantically preparing to file their self-assessment tax returns for the 2017-2018 tax period.

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Report reveals rent hikes in Scotland are not always legal

Friday 04 January 2019

The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 made provision for procedures that landlords need to now follow before they increase rents to tenants on a private residential property.

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Government set out implementation plan for building safety

Wednesday 02 January 2019

The Government has announced that there is a need for fundamental reform of the building and fire safety regulatory system. They say that they want a step change: from a passive system centred around compliance with building regulations to a proactive one where developers and building owners take responsibility for ensuring that residents are safe, with stronger assurance provided by a tougher regulatory framework.

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Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act passes into law

Thursday 20 December 2018

Today the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act, introduced by Karen Buck MP received Royal Assent. We supported the Bill during its passage through Parliament, which also saw it receive cross-party and Government backing.

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