GDPR and consumer rights

Friday 25 May 2018

With General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) now in force, it is important to understand the effect consumer rights could have on the way you process and hold information.

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The cost of non-compliance when handling repairs and maintenance

Thursday 24 May 2018

It’s no exaggeration to say that compliance is one of the most important aspects of property managers’ jobs. Every action they take is fraught with legal responsibilities, especially when it comes to dealing with the repairs and maintenance tasks associated with properties across their portfolios.

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Khan's vision for housing in London comes to fruition

Thursday 24 May 2018

After a consultation late last year, which elicited more than 2,000 responses and which we responded to, London Mayor Sadiq Khan has now laid down his final plans aimed at tackling the capital's housing crisis.

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Can co-living do what the PRS does?

Wednesday 23 May 2018

Co-living is a form of housing that combines private living space with shared communal facilities. Unlike flat shares and other types of shared living arrangements, co-living explicitly seeks to promote social contact and build community. Co-living encompasses a diverse range of models, from co-housing mutual to options in the private rental sector.

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Tenant Fees Bill continues it's progress through Parliament

Tuesday 22 May 2018

On Monday, 21 May 2018, the Tenant Fees Bill had its Second Reading in the House of Commons.

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London ranked as number one city for PropTech in Europe

Monday 21 May 2018

Tech experts say London is the leading city in Europe when it comes to the usage of technology in the built environment, according to research from Osborne Clarke.

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Universal Credit and LHA reform causing hardship to Scottish welfare claimants

Thursday 17 May 2018

A recent report published by the Scottish Government shows that recent changes to welfare policy and Universal Credit are causing hardship to Scottish welfare claimants.

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CMP mandatory from 1 April 2019 - here's how it transpired

Thursday 10 May 2018

We announced last week that ARLA Propertymark's campaign for mandatory Client Money Protection (CMP) has finally been won, but how did the victory come about, and what do the regulations mean for agents?

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Patrick Littlemore replaces retiring CEO of Marsh & Parsons

Wednesday 09 May 2018

David Brown, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Propertymark Protected lettings agency Marsh & Parsons Limited (Marsh & Parsons), is retiring from this role with effect from 9 May 2018.

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Client Money Protection to become mandatory from 1 April 2019

Thursday 03 May 2018

David Cox, Chief Executive, ARLA Propertymark comments on today’s announcement from the Government that all property agents will need to be part of an approved CMP scheme by 1st April 2019:

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Tenant Fees Bill introduced into Parliament

Wednesday 02 May 2018

On Wednesday 2 May 2018, the Government introduced the Tenant Fees Bill following pre-legislative scrutiny and recommendations from the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee. All measures relate to England only.

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GDPR, marketing and you

Tuesday 01 May 2018

Make sure that all of your organisation’s upcoming marketing campaigns comply with the relevant regulations so that you can be confident you are protecting personal information.

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Government plan to review Carbon Monoxide laws

Tuesday 01 May 2018

On Monday 30 April 2018, the Government announced that later this year they will review the requirements for Carbon Monoxide Alarms in homes across England and examine whether existing legislation remains fit for purpose and consider reforms.

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James Brokenshire’s Appointment

Monday 30 April 2018

In a shock reshuffle following the resignation of Amber Rudd as Home Secretary, James Brokenshire MP, has replaced Sajid Javid MP as Secretary of State at the Ministry of Housing Communities & Local Government.

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Half a million pounds up for grabs in unclaimed deposits

Friday 27 April 2018

Tenants across the country are owed over half a million pounds in unclaimed tenancy deposits according to the latest figures published by SafeDeposits Scotland.

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TDS Northern Ireland racks up five years and industry award

Friday 27 April 2018

Tenancy Deposit Scheme Northern Ireland (TDSNI) has been named as the best Deposit Protection Scheme in the sector for the third time, the same month it celebrates the five years since taking its first deposit.

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April sees changes to Universal Credit

Friday 27 April 2018

Following pressure from ARLA Propertymark and the sector, changes were announced to Universal Credit at the Autumn Budget 2017. On 11 April 2018 the Government introduced additional payments to help people transition to Universal Credit and measures that will see temporary housing costs come out of Universal Credit and paid through Housing Benefit.

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Housing Minister braves the crowds at ARLA Conference

Friday 27 April 2018

ARLA conference 2018 took place on 17 April at the ExCel London. It was a veritable mix of class leading keynote speakers, industry information, networking opportunities and a chance to meet product and service providers.

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Propertymark Protected agency wins prestigious Guardian award

Thursday 26 April 2018

University of Surrey Lettings (USL) has won the prestigious ‘Student Experience’ award at the Guardian University Awards 2018.

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Landlords across Manchester on Burnham's radar

Thursday 26 April 2018

Speaking at the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) Conference in Manchester on Tuesday 24 April 2018, the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said that he wants to create ‘Good Landlord’ and ‘Good Employer’ schemes across the city region with decent, safe and affordable housing for all.

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Is welfare reform exacerbating youth homelessness?

Wednesday 25 April 2018

According to research from Homeless Link, yes. They say welfare reforms are contributing to homelessness among young people aged 16 to 24 by affecting their ability to access and sustain housing.

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Resolution Foundation proposes a 'de-risking' of PRS

Tuesday 24 April 2018

The Resolution Foundation have released a report for the Intergenerational Commission which outlines an action plan for addressing housing challenges faced by millennials.

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MPs recognise our call for more enforcement

Thursday 19 April 2018

On 19 April 2018, the influential Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee, made up of MPs in Westminster, released its second report following the evidence sessions as part of its inquiry into the Private Rented Sector and Draft Tenant Fees Bill.

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Propertymark urges Government to streamline redress with ombudsman portal

Friday 13 April 2018

ARLA Propertymark and NAEA Propertymark have submitted a joint response to the Government’s consultation on Strengthening consumer redress in the housing market by calling for an ombudsman portal for housing related complaints with one ombudsman for private housing and another for social housing.

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Banks in Scotland told to offer dedicated client banking

Thursday 12 April 2018

The Scottish Code of Practice, which was introduced on 1 April 2018 made it mandatory that all lettings agents have a separate and dedicated client account.

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Letting agents - why change now?

Thursday 12 April 2018

Established companies and industries are increasingly putting technology at the core of their business, and letting agencies should be no exception.

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Insured or Custodial - which tenancy deposit protection option is right for you?

Wednesday 11 April 2018

For over ten years, legislation has demanded that tenancy deposits have had to be protected in either an Insured or Custodial scheme. But which option should you choose?

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Charity report highlights difficulties older people face in PRS

Monday 09 April 2018

Independent Age, a charity for older people, has released a report which examines the challenges for older private renters in the UK.

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Industry Regulation becomes a reality

Sunday 01 April 2018

Government has today announced its response to recent consultations on industry regulation and Client Money Protection in England. If passed, the new measures will mean that agents will be required to adhere to a new Code of Practice and obtain a nationally recognised qualification, with at least one person in every organisation required to have a higher qualification.

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New Land Transaction Tax for Wales

Thursday 29 March 2018

The Welsh Government and the National Assembly for Wales will become responsible for some of the taxes paid in Wales from 1 April 2018 including Land Transaction Tax.

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