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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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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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Number of Scottish managed properties above average according to ARLA PRS report

Tuesday 31 January 2017

According to ARLA’s latest monthly PRS Report for December, the average number of properties managed per branch in Scotland was 248, well above the UK average which was 188. This trend has been consistent in recent months and represents a strong finish to 2016 for the private rented sector in Scotland.

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12 months until Letting Agent Code of Practice comes into force in Scotland

Tuesday 31 January 2017

Tuesday 31 January 2017 marks a year to go until the Letting Agent Code of Practice comes into force in Scotland.

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Universal Credit - benefit payments to be made directly to landlords in Scotland

Monday 30 January 2017

Earlier this month the Scottish Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman MSP announced that people in receipt of Universal Credit will have the choice of making the housing element directly payable to their landlord. The measure will be available to both tenants who let property from private landlords and those in social housing.

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Recognise the unsung Personal Safety Heroes in your community

Monday 30 January 2017

Do you know someone who has made a positive difference to the safety of those around them? Perhaps they’ve influenced the way an organisation deals with personal safety? Maybe they’ve gone above and beyond what’s expected in their own community to keep people safe?

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Free events to help Scottish agents get to grips with new regulation

Thursday 26 January 2017

There is just 12 months to go until letting agent regulation comes into force in Scotland.

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First Minister of Wales confirms no decision on fees ban

Thursday 26 January 2017

In a letter to David Cox, Managing Director of Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) from Carwyn Jones, First Minister of Wales, he confirmed that no decision has yet been taken on introducing a ban on letting agent fees.

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What are your first-hand experiences with Right to Rent?

Friday 20 January 2017

JCWI is keen to hear from ARLA members what their experience of Right to Rent has been so far.

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Housing Minister says fees ban consultation will inform detail of policy

Friday 20 January 2017

On 12 January 2016 the Housing Minister Gavin Barwell made an appearance in front of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Private Rented Sector and said the consultation is to inform the detail of the policy and how it would work.

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Kivells raises nearly £2200 for Macmillan Cancer Support

Friday 20 January 2017

Kivells are proud to announce they have raised a grand total of £2,183.83 for McMillian Cancer Support in 2016.

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Ban on fees - Consultation to start in March/April

Thursday 19 January 2017

The Government has announced that the consultation on banning letting agent’s fees to tenants will take place in March/April 2017. The announcement came during a debate in the House of Lords this week where Baroness Grender, who introduced the Renters' Rights Bill, tabled a question asking about the “steps to implement a ban on lettings fees announced in the 2016 Autumn Statement.”

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ARLA comments announcment fees ban consultation will begin in March/April

Thursday 19 January 2017

PRESS RELEASE: Commenting on this morning’s debate in the House of Lords where it was announced the consultation on the ban on fees will begin in March/April, David Cox, Managing Director at Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) says:

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What are the main legal responsibilities for agents who fully manage?

Thursday 19 January 2017

There are now around 150 laws that apply when letting a property. Here we highlight some of the key areas of legal responsibilities that agents who fully manage properties on behalf of landlords must adhere to.

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What are the main tax considerations for landlords?

Thursday 19 January 2017

The Government has hit landlords hard over the past 12 months with changes to the tax they pay and can claim back. Here we outline the tax rules which landlords need to consider.

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New proposals for Northern Ireland to include ban on fees

Thursday 19 January 2017

The sea change sweeping the private rented sector in the UK has now spread to Northern Ireland with the Department for Communities publishing proposals for significant changes to the sector including introducing Agent Regulation, subjecting all unfit properties built before 1956 to rent control and banning letting agent fees.

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The key to tackling home identity fraud

Wednesday 18 January 2017

Home identity scams are becoming more frequently reported in the mainstream media, with multiple prominent cases recently coming to light.

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