UK businesses are still not fully GDPR compliant - are you one of them?

Tuesday 21 August 2018

Despite GDPR now being in full effect, new research has revealed how many businesses are still not fully GDPR compliant.

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Government publish Green Paper outlining social housing plan

Wednesday 15 August 2018

On 14 August, the Government published their delayed Green Paper on social housing. But was it worth the wait and what did it say?

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Welsh Equalities Committee continues fees bill scrutiny

Wednesday 15 August 2018

The Welsh Assembly’s Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee will be continuing to take evidence sessions after Summer Recess. The Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Bill was introduced by the Welsh Government on 11 June this year.

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Government pledges £100 million funding to tackle homelessness

Tuesday 14 August 2018

The UK Government has announced that they are to tackle homelessness by committing an additional £100 million as part of their rough sleeping strategy.

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Will AWPR mean a boost for the Aberdeenshire property market?

Wednesday 08 August 2018

With the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) due to open soon, what will it mean for the property market in Aberdeenshire? We catch up with Hannah Christiansen, from Galbraith to get an agent's perspective.

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What will you be doing for Gas Safety Week?

Tuesday 07 August 2018

We'll be getting behind Gas Safety Week again this year, which takes place from 17-23 September 2018 and will be encouraging all of our members to get involved too to help raise awareness about the importance of gas safety.

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Less than two months to go until Scotland deadline

Friday 03 August 2018

Have you submitted your application to join the Scottish Letting Agent Register yet? If not, you need to at least start your application now, as it will take some time to complete to complete the process.

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Where are the most affordable rents in London?

Friday 03 August 2018

Data revealed by property website OnTheMarket.com shows that living as a group of four in Bexley, South East London, is the cheapest way to rent in London.

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What does Managed Print Services and Document Management mean to Propertymark Members?

Wednesday 01 August 2018

As a manufacturer of office print and copying equipment our partners over at Olivetti always talk about Managed Print Services and Document Management in terms of how their printers and copiers are managed for your day-to-day running of the business and in-house printing.

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What letting agents need to know about the Fifth Money Laundering Directive

Wednesday 01 August 2018

Letting agents are to be brought under the scope of the EU’s Anti-Money Laundering laws – but only in certain circumstances.

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Fifth annual Rental Repairs Survey for lettings professionals

Friday 20 July 2018

Now in its fifth year, Fixflo has announced the launch of its annual Rental Repairs Survey, supported by ARLA Propertymark, in which it gauges the opinions of lettings professionals around the UK to produce a state-of-the-industry report.

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84% of PRS tenants happy with their accommodation

Wednesday 18 July 2018

The latest English Housing Survey, published by the Government, shows that one in five people in England now live in the private rented sector, a figure that has dramatically increased since the survey's current format was introduced back in 1996/97.

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Welsh Minister expresses concerns over Universal Credit

Wednesday 18 July 2018

Housing and Regeneration Minister at the Welsh Assembly, Rebecca Evans AM has written to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Esther McVey, with concerns surrounding the impact Universal Credit (UC) is having on some of Wales’ most vulnerable people.

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Priorities and opportunities for the PRS in Greater Manchester discussed

Tuesday 17 July 2018

Earlier in the month, ARLA Propertymark attended a seminar hosted by the Greater Manchester Authority on local priorities and opportunities for the Private Rented Sector in the City region. Also, in attendance were representatives from industry bodies, housing providers, local authorities and Shelter.

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Keeping on top of Carbon Monoxide safety in Scotland

Tuesday 17 July 2018

A report by Which? has revealed that an alarming number of agents in Scotland may be neglecting to mention carbon monoxide detectors during viewings.

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Client accounting - what, when, how and who

Tuesday 17 July 2018

As a principle, partner or director enthusiasm and good software are not the only requirements when it comes to you operating a successful lettings business. With constant changes in landlord and tenant legislation, amendments to rules and regulations regarding the handling and protection of client money, keeping up with the workload can prove difficult.

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Rent Pressure Zones in Scotland: Will we see one soon?

Monday 16 July 2018

Rent Pressure Zones (RPZs) created a stir amongst the Private Rented Sector when they were first announced as part of the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016, with local authorities across the nation keen to investigate what this meant to them and whether it was the right thing to introduce to their area.

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What are Labour's Healthy Homes proposals?

Tuesday 10 July 2018

On the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service, the Labour Party announced plans to marry health with housing, in the form of ‘Healthy Home Zones’.

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Connected and Autonomous Vehicles - what could the future hold?

Monday 09 July 2018

Previously considered to be the territory of science fiction, the development of fully autonomous vehicles is progressing rapidly and with £109 million of funding invested by the Government for research, Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) could be on the road sooner than you expect.

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Tower Hamlets Council leads the way for enforcement against rogues

Monday 09 July 2018

Tower Hamlets have shown that they are a council that means business, by getting tough on the rogue landlords and letting agents who blight the reputation of the industry and make tenants' lives a misery by not adhering to laws that are in place to protect private renters.

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ARLA Propertymark launches licensing database for members

Monday 09 July 2018

ARLA Propertymark is today launching a new database in partnership with GetRentr, a technology platform which automatically monitors property portfolios for compliance with all UK property licensing schemes.

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Universal Credit update

Friday 06 July 2018

The Department for Work and Pensions has informed us of some updates to various aspects of Universal Credit. Included are: Managed Payment to Landlords, Universal Credit for couples and Work Allowance rate changes.

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Government response to Housing Committee report gives insight into future changes

Friday 06 July 2018

On 3 July 2018, the UK Government released their response to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee inquiry report into the role of local authorities in the private rented sector.

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Will three-year tenancies become the norm?

Thursday 05 July 2018

On 2 July 2018 the UK Government launched a consultation inviting views and comments on the benefits and barriers of landlords offering longer tenancies in England.

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We give evidence to Welsh Assembly on fees bill

Thursday 05 July 2018

On 5 July, ARLA Propertymark Chief Executive, David Cox presented evidence to the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee, about the Welsh Government’s plans to ban letting agent fees through the Renting Homes (Fees Etc.) (Wales) Bill.

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Government launch a new series of ‘how to’ guides

Tuesday 26 June 2018

Today the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government published new ‘how to’ guides so that landlords, leaseholders and tenants in England can understand their rights and responsibilities.

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Countrywide champions Propertymark Qualifications

Friday 22 June 2018

Countrywide plc, the largest residential estate agency and lettings network in the country, has announced the introduction of the Propertymark Qualifications' Level 2 Award throughout its branch network.

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England's Tenant Fees Bill analysis for report stage

Thursday 21 June 2018

On Wednesday 20 June the House of Commons released a briefing paper on the Tenant Fees Bill ahead of the report stage, which we expect to be announced shortly.

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London Mayor launches online portal for affordable housing

Thursday 21 June 2018

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has today launched a new online property portal that offers Londoners a one-stop shop where they can search for an affordable home to buy in the capital.

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Review into licensing and guidance on HMO changes

Wednesday 20 June 2018

Today, the Government have announced that they are to conduct a review into licensing schemes, with a view to publishing their findings next year. They have also released guidance on the new HMO rules which will come into effect in October this year.

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