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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Let us help find you a graduate for your business!

Wednesday 25 October 2017

Propertymark is exhibiting at the National Graduate Recruitment Exhibition on 4-5 November at the NEC, and your business could benefit as a result.

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NAEA and ARLA Propertymark comment on DCLG’s intention to introduce regulation for letting and managing agents

Wednesday 18 October 2017

PRESS RELEASE: David Cox, Chief Executive, ARLA Propertymark and Mark Hayward, Chief Executive, NAEA Propertymark, comment on DCLG’s intention to introduce regulation for letting and managing agents:

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Government issue guidance on MEES

Friday 13 October 2017

The Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy has now issued a guidance document suitable for landlords and their agents, on compliance with the minimum energy efficiency standard, as set out in the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015.

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What should 'fit for human habitation' actually mean?

Friday 13 October 2017

This is the question the Welsh Government are asking in their consultation: Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 - Fitness for human habitation. We will be responding, but you should too.

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Submit your evidence to Private Rented Sector Inquiry

Friday 13 October 2017

The Communities and Local Government Committee has launched an inquiry into whether councils have adequate powers to tackle rogue landlords.

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ARLA Propertymark comments on new inquiry launched by the Communities and Local Government Committee

Friday 13 October 2017

PRESS RELEASE: David Cox, Chief Executive, ARLA Propertymark, comments on the new inquiry launched by the Communities and Local Government Committee on the private rented sector:

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DCLG Building Safety Programme

Wednesday 11 October 2017

Do you manage any buildings which are over 18 metres high, or know any landlords who owns a blocks of flats? If so, DCLG need your urgent help to ensure the safety of residents throughout England.

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Consultation, Scotland: Property Factors

Wednesday 11 October 2017

Property Factors (also known as property management companies) have become increasingly common in recent years, especially for new build homes. But they are not always run as well as homeowners would like them to be.

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Rental Payments by Direct Debit?

Tuesday 10 October 2017

Direct Debit has, traditionally, been considered a risky payment method for rent collection. However, in February 2017, the rules for Direct Debit payments were changed, closing some loopholes which posed these risks.

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Qualifications changes

Monday 09 October 2017

Propertymark Qualifications have revised their Level 2 and Level 3 specifications for assessment from January 2018. In most cases you will see only a slight change to your qualification, but please see below for some essential information which you need to be aware.

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Consultation, Scotland: Smoke and Fire Alarms

Monday 09 October 2017

Laws in Scotland relating to fire safety are already among some of the toughest, but in a bid to plug the gaps that aren't covered by existing laws, the Scottish Government have launched a consultation on standards for smoke and fire alarms across the nation.

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Fighting cybercrime with cybercurrency

Monday 09 October 2017

As a recent wave of high-profile ransomware attacks sweep the globe, blockchain technology appears to be promising a solution to the crisis.

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Leaders Romans group Leaders Romans Group plans further expansion after double acquisition

Friday 06 October 2017

The Leaders Romans Group, comprised of leading estate agents Leaders and Romans, has revealed plans for further expansion after completing a double acquisition in Hampshire last month.

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Policy roundup

Thursday 05 October 2017

The last few weeks have been big for British politics, with both the Conservatives and Labour hosting their annual party conferences.

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TDS Foundation awards 94k towards improving PRS

Wednesday 04 October 2017

The TDS Charitable Foundation awarded over £94,000 to organisations to advance education on housing rights and obligations in the PRS.

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Propertymark announces release of Tenancy Builder tool and partnership with Letflo

Tuesday 03 October 2017

Propertymark is pleased to announce the release of a brand new Tenancy Builder tool to enable members to easily build tenancy contracts from scratch.

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Property Professional Readership Survey

Monday 02 October 2017

Now's the time to tell us what you think of Property Professional, your membership magazine. Take part in our Readership Survey and you could win an Amazon Echo Dot and a year's free membership!

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Success as Government announces they are going to regulate the industry

Monday 02 October 2017

Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid MP used his speech to the Conservative Party Conference on 1 October 2017 to announce plans to introduce mandatory regulation for letting agents in England, so all agents meet strict minimum standards.

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