Universal Credit update

Tuesday 13 November 2018

With Universal Credit (UC) being in the news so frequently, it's easy to loose track of recent changes and advice. So, to help you, we've highlighted some of the key messages from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), and provided links for further information.

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Government announces proposals for new Housing Court

Tuesday 13 November 2018

The Government has launched a consultation which looks at reforming the routes to justice for both landlords and tenants, with the most radical option being to set up a new Housing Court.

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Selective Licensing lowdown

Monday 12 November 2018

Selective Licensing and Additional Licensing schemes continue to be adopted by local authorities across the country, despite evidence that suggests they simply do not work. We take a look at few of the most recent ones that have either come into force or will be coming into force shortly, and tell you what we're doing to help you understand them.

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'Tis almost the season...

Monday 12 November 2018

And in the spirit of spreading cheer, Agents Giving's winter coat campaign is back for 2018, helping to collect unwanted winter warmers for those in need.

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Councils given £2 million to fund crackdown on rogue landlords

Thursday 08 November 2018

As a result of new funding announced by the Government today, councils will be able to bid for a share of a £2 million fund designed to help local authorities step up enforcement action against rogue landlords.

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Can lettings agents recover from the fees ban?

Thursday 08 November 2018

Findings from the latest annual report from Fixflo reveals that the fees ban could entirely wipe out some agents’ profits, with half of agents believing they will lose between 10% and 30% of their revenue.

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Welsh Assembly debates ban on tenant fees

Thursday 08 November 2018

On 7 November Labour’s Rebecca Evans AM, Housing and Regeneration Minister, responded to recommendations from the Equality, Local Governments and Communities Committee on the Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Bill.

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Grand Committee examines Tenant Fees Bill

Tuesday 06 November 2018

The Bill set to ban almost all charges that letting agents operating in England can make to tenants, began Committee stage in the House of Lords on 5 November.

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Landlords foot the bill to bring properties up to energy efficiency standards

Tuesday 06 November 2018

Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry announced yesterday that the Government will make landlords in England and Wales pay anything up to £3500 for making improvements to rented properties to bring them in line with the minimum energy efficiency standards, which will be a minimum of an E rating from April 2020.

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Was the Autumn Budget one of missed opportunities?

Friday 02 November 2018

Neil Cobbold, Chief Operating officer for Propertymark Industry Supplier Payprop UK asks if the Chancellor's Autumn Budget earlier this week was one of missed opportunities?

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What did the Autumn Budget 2018 hold for housing?

Monday 29 October 2018

This year's Autumn Budget was probably one of the most anticipated in recent years, as it sets out the domestic policy and fiscal measures direction ahead for the UK ahead of Brexit.

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Chancellor to announce High Street rates relief

Monday 29 October 2018

Chancellor Philip Hammond is expected to loosen the purse strings during this afternoon's Autumn Budget, and announce a much needed £1.5 billion boost for England's high streets.

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Private Members’ Bills on housing dominate the Commons

Friday 26 October 2018

MPs were in the Commons on a rare Friday to debate Private Members’ Bills, including the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill endorsed by Labour MP, Karen Buck.

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Government announce greater protection for renters

Friday 26 October 2018

Housing Minister Heather Wheeler has announced that the Government will review current rules governing health and safety standards in rental properties, so that tenants can be afforded greater protection.

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The Prime Minister agrees that rogues database needs to be open

Thursday 25 October 2018

The Guardian has reported the Prime Minister's spokesman said she intends to make the rogue landlord and letting agent database available to tenants.

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Our healthcheck will save your business time and money

Tuesday 23 October 2018

Every year Propertymark regulated agents are required to submit a client money examination to renew their membership. In the past the only option has been an accountant’s report. There’s now an alternative – the Client Money HealthCheck.

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Assured advice on listed properties and EPCs

Tuesday 23 October 2018

Following a question asked by one of our members, Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards have issued assured advice about listed properties and EPCs. The advice given will be respected by all local regulators, helping to prevent inconsistent reading of regulations.

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Fixflo annual Rental Repairs Survey for lettings professionals

Friday 19 October 2018

Fixflo has published the Fixflo Report 2018, which rounds up and analyses the answers provided by over 400 lettings professionals from around the UK for the proptech provider’s annual Rental Repairs Survey.

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And the award goes to...

Wednesday 17 October 2018

This afternoon, Propertymark Qualifications held its annual awards ceremony in the Cholmondeley Room at the House of Lords, celebrating excellence in learning and development in the property industry.

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New research shows increase in landlords selling up

Tuesday 16 October 2018

A new report out shows a range of comparables from Q2 of 2018 compared to Q2 in 2017, such as rental supply and demand, along with data for furnished lets and rental premium for upper floors.

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Renters to have major influence on outcome of next general election

Monday 15 October 2018

New research from insurance giants, AXA Insurance shows that future elections are set to be influenced much more powerfully by the UK’s growing contingent of private renters than ever before.

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Cover your liabilities by performing professional inventory inspections

Monday 15 October 2018

As lettings agents it’s essential that you understand that inspections and inventory checks are conducted to service landlords and your tenants. However, it's also essential to protect your own company's liabilities and those of your landlord when it comes to compliance controls and health, safety and security checks.

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SNP Party Conference on housing

Monday 15 October 2018

On 7-9 October the Scottish National Party (SNP) had their national conference in Glasgow. So what did it hold for housing?

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How to contact a Universal Credit Full Service Case Manager

Friday 12 October 2018

If you rent to tenants who are claiming Universal Credit (UC), it has now become easier for you to speak directly to the Full Service Case Manager dealing with their claim.

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Government moves a step closer to full regulation of the industry

Friday 12 October 2018

Housing Minister Heather Wheeler has announced today that a new working group will be set up, tasked with raising standards across the housing sector.

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Brokenshire pledges funding for homeless via private rented sector

Wednesday 10 October 2018

Today the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has launched a £20 million fund which will allow councils to put in place new schemes so that those at risk of homelessness will have the support they need to secure their own tenancy.

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Our representation to HM Treasury ahead of Autumn budget

Wednesday 10 October 2018

We've submitted our representation to HM Treasury ahead of Chancellor Philip Hammond's 2018 Autumn Budget announcement which is expected towards the end of October.

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Changes to Section 21 Notices for Letting Agents and Landlords in England

Monday 01 October 2018

From today, 1 October 2018, the changes to the Section 21 Notice come into force for letting agents and landlords in England. All landlords and agents should now stop using their existing Notices.

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What plans have the Lib Dems got for the housing sector?

Monday 01 October 2018

At the Liberal Democrats conference in Brighton they called for mandatory licensing, an increase in the notice period that landlords or agents have to give to tenants, and that private rental properties should have a minimum energy rating of C, to be enforced on re-let or by 2024 at the latest.

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Government plan for fire safety and building regulations expected soon

Monday 01 October 2018

The Government has responded to recommendations for improving building regulations and fire safety, made by the MHCLG Select Committee. In their response, they say they will set out an implementation plan "in the autumn".

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