Countrywide champions Propertymark Qualifications

Friday 22 June 2018

Countrywide plc, the largest residential estate agency and lettings network in the country, has announced the introduction of the Propertymark Qualifications' Level 2 Award throughout its branch network.

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England's Tenant Fees Bill analysis for report stage

Thursday 21 June 2018

On Wednesday 20 June the House of Commons released a briefing paper on the Tenant Fees Bill ahead of the report stage, which we expect to be announced shortly.

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London Mayor launches online portal for affordable housing

Thursday 21 June 2018

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has today launched a new online property portal that offers Londoners a one-stop shop where they can search for an affordable home to buy in the capital.

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Review into licensing and guidance on HMO changes

Wednesday 20 June 2018

Today, the Government have announced that they are to conduct a review into licensing schemes, with a view to publishing their findings next year. They have also released guidance on the new HMO rules which will come into effect in October this year.

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Latest legal advice on Section 21 notices

Wednesday 20 June 2018

Section 21 notices are a daily part of a letting agent's working life, but following recent court rulings, it's become clear that the existing practices of some agents may result in cases being thrown out of court.

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Williams & Goodwin climb Snowdon for charity...in the dark!

Tuesday 19 June 2018

Having adopted the two charities of Welsh Air Ambulance and Cancer Research Wales to support throughout 2018, Williams & Goodwin The Property People have organised many fund raising and promotional events for the year.

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Does your retention policy comply with the GDPR?

Tuesday 19 June 2018

With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) now in place, it is important that you have an established procedure which sets out how to securely dispose of data when it is no longer needed.

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TDS lifts the lid on bathroom-related disputes

Monday 18 June 2018

With condensation and a damp environment, general wear and tear is expected in bathrooms during the life of a tenancy but in what situations can this lead to tenancy deposit deductions? TDS’s Mike Morgan, Director of Dispute Resolution, lifts the lid on bathroom-related deposit disputes and how they can be avoided.

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Meet your new presidential team

Friday 15 June 2018

ARLA Propertymark is delighted to welcome their new presidential team for the year ahead.

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Welsh Government introduce Bill banning fees

Tuesday 12 June 2018

The Welsh Government Bill banning fees charged in the private rented sector has been launched in the Welsh Assembly today.

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Advice to agents on Joint Tenancies - Scotland

Tuesday 12 June 2018

Since the introduction of the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 (the 2016 Act) agents have had to adapt to working with the new Private Residential Tenancy (PRT) and get to grips with what that means for them on a day to day basis. However, the initial feedback is that tenants are finding the changes harder to adjust to than landlords or agents.

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Right to Rent judicial review

Friday 08 June 2018

Earlier this week, the High Court agreed to allow a judicial review of Right to Rent in response to an application by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants supported by the Residential Landlords Association.

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Make your mark, make a difference!

Thursday 07 June 2018

Ever fancied being an ARLA Propertymark Regional Rep? Well, now's your chance.

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Tenant Fees Bill Public Committee evidence session

Tuesday 05 June 2018

On Tuesday 5 June, ARLA Chief Executive David Cox gave evidence to MPs on the Public Bill Committee who were examining the Tenancy Fees Bill.

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How can you help protect your rental income?

Tuesday 05 June 2018

Mitigating risk as a letting agent or landlord is key, but when job cuts are taking place at major companies such as Marks and Spencer, Tesco and BT the risk of tenant defaults is creeping up.

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Government's approach to housing benefits means young facing difficulties

Friday 01 June 2018

A report published by the Social Security Advisory Committee (an independent advisory body) has found that independent young people's inability to pay rent as a result of successive government's social security policies is also negatively affecting their ability to find work.

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The thorny issue of gardening in rented properties

Wednesday 30 May 2018

With summer just around the corner, and the weather finally taking a turn for the better, the attentions of tenants and landlords begin to turn to the garden to make the most of the sunshine. But be aware, gardening can be a thorny issue when it comes to deposit disputes, says Michael Hill, an adjudicator with Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS).

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GDPR and consumer rights

Friday 25 May 2018

With General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) now in force, it is important to understand the effect consumer rights could have on the way you process and hold information.

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The cost of non-compliance when handling repairs and maintenance

Thursday 24 May 2018

It’s no exaggeration to say that compliance is one of the most important aspects of property managers’ jobs. Every action they take is fraught with legal responsibilities, especially when it comes to dealing with the repairs and maintenance tasks associated with properties across their portfolios.

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Khan's vision for housing in London comes to fruition

Thursday 24 May 2018

After a consultation late last year, which elicited more than 2,000 responses and which we responded to, London Mayor Sadiq Khan has now laid down his final plans aimed at tackling the capital's housing crisis.

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Can co-living do what the PRS does?

Wednesday 23 May 2018

Co-living is a form of housing that combines private living space with shared communal facilities. Unlike flat shares and other types of shared living arrangements, co-living explicitly seeks to promote social contact and build community. Co-living encompasses a diverse range of models, from co-housing mutual to options in the private rental sector.

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Tenant Fees Bill continues it's progress through Parliament

Tuesday 22 May 2018

On Monday, 21 May 2018, the Tenant Fees Bill had its Second Reading in the House of Commons.

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London ranked as number one city for PropTech in Europe

Monday 21 May 2018

Tech experts say London is the leading city in Europe when it comes to the usage of technology in the built environment, according to research from Osborne Clarke.

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Universal Credit and LHA reform causing hardship to Scottish welfare claimants

Thursday 17 May 2018

A recent report published by the Scottish Government shows that recent changes to welfare policy and Universal Credit are causing hardship to Scottish welfare claimants.

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CMP mandatory from 1 April 2019 - here's how it transpired

Thursday 10 May 2018

We announced last week that ARLA Propertymark's campaign for mandatory Client Money Protection (CMP) has finally been won, but how did the victory come about, and what do the regulations mean for agents?

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Patrick Littlemore replaces retiring CEO of Marsh & Parsons

Wednesday 09 May 2018

David Brown, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Propertymark Protected lettings agency Marsh & Parsons Limited (Marsh & Parsons), is retiring from this role with effect from 9 May 2018.

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Client Money Protection to become mandatory from 1 April 2019

Thursday 03 May 2018

David Cox, Chief Executive, ARLA Propertymark comments on today’s announcement from the Government that all property agents will need to be part of an approved CMP scheme by 1st April 2019:

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Tenant Fees Bill introduced into Parliament

Wednesday 02 May 2018

On Wednesday 2 May 2018, the Government introduced the Tenant Fees Bill following pre-legislative scrutiny and recommendations from the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee. All measures relate to England only.

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GDPR, marketing and you

Tuesday 01 May 2018

Make sure that all of your organisation’s upcoming marketing campaigns comply with the relevant regulations so that you can be confident you are protecting personal information.

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Government plan to review Carbon Monoxide laws

Tuesday 01 May 2018

On Monday 30 April 2018, the Government announced that later this year they will review the requirements for Carbon Monoxide Alarms in homes across England and examine whether existing legislation remains fit for purpose and consider reforms.

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