ARLA Propertymark responds to Scottish Government consultation on Universal Credit changes

Thursday 16 March 2017

ARLA Propertymark has responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on changes to Universal Credit. The proposals would allow Universal Credit applicants in Scotland to receive payments twice monthly, with those on managed payments having the option of their rent being paid directly to their landlord.

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Treasury will not regulate letting agents for money laundering

Thursday 16 March 2017

HM Treasury has published a consultation on draft Money Laundering Regulations 2017 and their response to the recent consultation on the Fourth Money Laundering Directive, stating their intention not to regulate lettings activity.

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Rogue landlords to face penalties up to £30,000 from 6 April

Thursday 16 March 2017

The Government have confirmed that new measures to crack down on rogue landlords will come into force on 6 April.

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ARLA Propertymark and RLA push for meeting with Welsh Minister responsible for decision on fees

Wednesday 15 March 2017

ARLA Propertymark and the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) have written a joint letter to Carl Sargeant AM, the Welsh Communities Secretary, to press for a meeting to discuss the implications of the UK Government’s decision to ban letting agent’s fees to tenants and how any subsequent ban in Wales would affect the sector as a whole.

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Rent Smart Wales takes stock and makes public register live

Tuesday 14 March 2017

Recent information provided to ARLA Propertymark from Rent Smart Wales shows that as of 31 January 2017 around 32,213 people have been trained for the purpose of obtaining a licence with Rent Smart Wales.

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Business Rates Revaluation

Wednesday 08 March 2017

Whilst the Chancellor, Philip Hammond tried to make light of the Spring Budget with countless jokes and jibes at the opposition, his announcement concerning business rates is no laughing matter.

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Health and Safety: What You Need to Know

Monday 06 March 2017

An estate agency firm has been fined £200,000 for breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act, by failing to discharge a health and safety duty to a person other than an employee after a woman fell down a well during a property viewing last year.

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Government guidance on complying with 2018 energy regulations

Monday 06 March 2017

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has released guidance to landlords of privately rented non-domestic property on complying with the 2018 'minimum level of energy efficiency' standard (EPC band E).

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Scottish Regulation - start preparing now!

Friday 03 March 2017

The Letting Agent Code of Practice Regulations come in to law in January 2018 and with significant work to do, many agents will already struggle to be ready in time.

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Right to Rent checks in the context of Brexit

Thursday 02 March 2017

As the House of Lords and the House of Commons debate guaranteeing the status of thousands of EU citizens living in the UK and the implications for political negotiations of any firm commitment, the Home Office moves to phase three of the Landlord scheme under Immigration Acts 2014 and 2016.

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Go Green for 2017 with the Carbon Trust

Thursday 02 March 2017

Now may be the best time to swap out those old, inefficient lightbulbs and ditch the energy-guzzling electric heaters in your office.

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Whirlpool tumble dryers - the latest safety advice

Thursday 02 March 2017

If any of the properties you manage have Whirlpool tumble dryers, you need to read the latest safety guidance from Whirlpool below.

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Prostate Cancer Awareness

Friday 24 February 2017

Every day, 130 men in the UK are diagnosed with prostate cancer. With 58% of Propertymark protected members being male, we want to raise awareness of the issue.

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The Threat of Japanese Knotweed

Tuesday 21 February 2017

If you haven't ever heard of Japanese Knotweed, the Environment Agency describe it as "indisputably the UK's most aggressive and destructive plant".

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Leading the way with immersive media technology

Friday 17 February 2017

ARLA Propertymark agents Sawyer and Co are leading the way when it comes to offering their clients more reasons to list their property with them.

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Don't neglect your CPD - it's a vital part of membership

Friday 17 February 2017

One of the biggest concerns members have about CPD is the time and cost element. But even if you don't realise it, the chances are you are already learning and engaged with your job in ways that can be logged against your membership profile as CPD.

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Banning Orders - not open enough and no combined list

Friday 17 February 2017

ARLA Propertymark has recently responded to the Government’s consultation on what offences will constitute a banning order under the Housing and Planning Act 2016.

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Housing White Paper - how will it affect you?

Friday 17 February 2017

On 7 February 2017 the Government published its long awaited Housing White Paper entitled ‘Fixing our broken housing market’ with a number of issues outlining the Government’s plan to improve safeguards in the Private Rented Sector and make renting fairer for tenants.

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Get up to Speed on the GDPR

Wednesday 15 February 2017

New EU data protection laws will apply from 25 May 2018 which will have a dramatic impact on your business and the way you hold sensitive customer information.

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JCWI slams Right to Rent checks

Wednesday 15 February 2017

The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) have presented evidence which shows that Right to Rent checks are discriminating against British citizens.

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ARLA and NAEA launch Propertymark

Thursday 09 February 2017

PRESS RELEASE: Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) and National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) are today moving into a new era, altering their emphasis from industry facing licensing to consumer protection with the launch of Propertymark.

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ARLA and NAEA comment on the Government’s housing white paper

Tuesday 07 February 2017

NAEA and ARLA comment on the various areas covered in the Government's housing white paper.

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Private tenants in cold out of fear of eviction

Monday 06 February 2017

Housing tenants in the private rented sector are choosing to live in cold homes out of fear of high heating bills and losing their tenancy, according to new research by Sheffield Hallam University and funded by the Eaga Charitable Trust, an independent grant-giving trust committed to combatting fuel poverty.

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Rightmove to share market insights and data with NAEA and ARLA members

Friday 03 February 2017

PRESS RELEASE: National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) and Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) are pleased to announce they are working together with Rightmove, to offer more help and support to agents by sharing the latest market insight and keeping them up-to-date with new legislation for both sales and lettings.

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Landlord fined for failing to make safety improvements

Friday 03 February 2017

On 1 February 2017, a landlord who failed to comply with an Improvement Notice and carry out essential repairs to his property was ordered to pay fines and costs of more than £6,000 following an investigation by Bristol City Council.

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TDS put their money where their mouth is

Friday 03 February 2017

Staff at the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) have been building their knowledge of the world of residential lettings in a bid to improve customer experience.

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More councils introduce selecting licensing

Thursday 02 February 2017

In recent months the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) has been contacted by local councils about their plans to introduce Selective Licensing schemes in various locations across the country. ARLA members can use our unique Fact Sheets to help you understand what this means.

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Latest figures reveal 1,141 letting agents licensed with Rent Smart Wales

Wednesday 01 February 2017

Figures from Rent Smart Wales reveal that as of 31 January 2017, 1,141 letting agents were licensed with Rent Smart Wales and 1,109 submitted agent licences are currently being assessed.

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ARLA submit views to HM Treasury for Spring Budget

Wednesday 01 February 2017

Last month ARLA submitted its views to HM Treasury for the Chancellor’s Spring Budget that is due to take place on Wednesday 8 March 2017.

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ARLA calls for end to up front fees

Tuesday 31 January 2017

PRESS RELEASE: ARLA opposes full fee ban and calls for fees to be spread over first six months of tenancy. After new ARLA research highlights the impact a full ban will have on tenants, letting agents and the wider housing market

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