Double-edged sword as cost of student lets rises

Monday 10 December 2018

Universities across the UK have seen student numbers escalate over recent years and they had to turn to the private sector to help ensure supply of accommodation. According to a report released last week by Unipol and National Union of Students (NUS), this has been a double-edged sword, bringing both benefits to students, and cost implications.

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Replace or repair? A deposit adjudication case study

Monday 10 December 2018

Tenancy Deposit Scheme’s (TDS) Assistant Director of Dispute Resolution, Sandy Bastin, looks at a recent case where both sides of the dispute disagreed on whether the deduction should be for replacement or repairs.

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Is your client money really protected?

Thursday 06 December 2018

If money is taken out of your client account without your knowledge is that a crime? I’m sure as a member of Propertymark and subscriber to their CMP scheme your answer is going to be “Yes, of course it is!”.

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Is Right to Rent being ignored on the Brexit debate?

Thursday 06 December 2018

Yesterday in the House of Commons the heated debate on immigration following any Brexit agreement raged on, with MPs on both sides of the house expressing frustration, confusion, and dismay that the promised White Paper for post-Brexit immigration failed to materialise.

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Amendment made to Tenant Fees Bill

Tuesday 04 December 2018

In another attack on the sector the Government has announced an amendment to the Tenant Fees Bill, that will see security deposits capped at the equivalent of five weeks’ rent.

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Four bedroom properties fare well in latest report by Scottish Government

Tuesday 04 December 2018

The Private Rented Sector in Scotland has more than doubled in size since 1999. The latest Private Rented Sector Statistics released by the Scottish Government show that in the period 2010-2018, four-bedroom properties have fared particularly well, showing a cumulative rental price increase of 33.3% over the eight-year period, and an 11.8% increase within the last year alone.

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Universal Credit: Top tips for landlords

Tuesday 04 December 2018

The Minister for Families, Supported Housing and Child Maintenance, Justin Tomlinson has issued some valuable advice for landlords (or managing agents) to help their tenants better understand Universal Credit and minimise problems with unpaid or late rent.

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Propertymark 2018 property market analysis

Monday 03 December 2018

As we near the end of 2018, we have taken a look at our sales and lettings data, to reveal trends from the past year.

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Four recent candidates share their experiences of exams

Tuesday 27 November 2018

With full regulation of the lettings industry on the horizon and qualifications likely to become mandatory, now is the time to get ahead of the competition to win customers and beat the queue. We talk to three recent Propertymark Qualifications students who tell us in their own words why they decided to study for a qualification and why it has helped boost their careers and promote their businesses.

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How changes in legislation will push agents to embrace modern technologies

Friday 23 November 2018

With the looming implementation of the new Tenants Fees Bill, Professional Inventory Inspections are set to become an even more essential aspect of managing your properties.

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Nottingham is latest licensing scheme to be failing

Thursday 22 November 2018

Selective and Additional Licensing has been a contentious issue ever since it was first introduced back in the UK in 2007 in Salford, but councils continue to roll out new licensing schemes on a frequent basis with no signs of abating.

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ASH publish findings aimed at reducing levels of smoking in homes

Thursday 22 November 2018

A report published this week takes a look at the role that landlords can play in helping to tackle smoking in the home and minimise the health risks associated with secondhand smoke exposure.

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Will the Making Tax Digital deadline change for small businesses?

Thursday 22 November 2018

In a report out this week, HMRC's Making Tax Digital programme has been slated, with criticism levied at the Government that the new regime, whilst well intentioned, simply hasn't been fully considered and that the timescales for implementation were too optimistic.

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Tenancy deposit disputes remain low

Thursday 22 November 2018

For the eighth consecutive year, less than 1% (0.85%) of all tenancies ended in a dispute over the tenancy deposit according to new figures released by Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS).

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Letting agent registration update

Tuesday 20 November 2018

Letting agent registration became mandatory for all agents operating in Scotland from 1 October 2018. Agents are becoming frustrated at the time taken for the to process their applications, but according to the Scottish Government many agents have submitted late applications, which has meant a bottleneck of applications. Even now, some agents haven't submitted their applications.

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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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