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Ban on fees - consultation to start in March/April

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.” Read more…


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. Read more…

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. Read more…

Founder of Leicestershire estate agents steps down from the helm
Monday 16 January 2017

Over 27 years after setting up estate agency Andrew Granger & Co, and growing the company to become one of the largest independent agencies in the East Midlands, founder Andrew Granger has decided to step down from his current role. Read more…

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. Read more…

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. Read more…

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. Read more…

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. Read more…

Fines for unlawful lettings boards in Southwark from February
Tuesday 17 January 2017

We have been informed that on 14 December 2016, Southwark Council in London took a decision to issue fixed penalty notices in respect of unauthorised advertisements, including temporary advertisements for sales and letting boards. Read more…

Housing Minister says fees ban consultation will inform detail of policy
Monday 16 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 was to inform the detail of the policy and how it would work. Read more…

ARLA responds to Scottish Government's proposals on new private residential tenancy
Monday 09 January 2017

ARLA has responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the proposals for regulations and policy supporting the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016, arguing that the forms and information is too complex and many tenants, landlords and letting agents will struggle with the content and even the explanation notes for some are difficult to understand. Read more…

CML research reveals what makes landlords tick
Wednesday 04 January 2017

New research undertaken for the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) has gathered data for the largest survey of UK landlords to date. The survey looked at a number of subject areas and revealed significant insight about landlord profiles, motivations, and future plans. Read more…

New first-tier Tribunal, forms and Tenant Information Pack for Scotland
Wednesday 04 January 2017

On 1 December 2016 three changes were made by the Scottish Government which affect the private rented sector. These include a new First-Tier Tribunal Housing and Property Chamber, new versions of AT forms and an updated Tenant Information Pack. Read more…

Help for members in managing work-related road risk
Friday 06 January 2017

Last week Aviva launched its ‘Good Thinking’ road safety campaign. You may have seen the TV Ad in which Formula One driver David Coulthard appears in disguise as a rogue taxi driver displaying an array of poor driving habits before demanding payment. Read more…

Time is running out to log your CPD
Friday 06 January 2017

Now is the time if you haven’t already, to log your CPD for 2016. This needs to be completed no later than 31 January 2017. Read more…

The generation gap and the cost of renting
Tuesday 03 January 2017

Home ownership amongst 25-year-olds has plummeted by more than half in the last 20 years, and the cost of renting is preventing people from purchasing, according to new analysis for the Local Government Association (LGA) conducted by Savills. Read more…

Housing in England: overview
Wednesday 18 January 2017

The National Audit Office has released their findings from Housing in England:overview which claim that house building has not kept pace with need, a problem that is particularly prevalent in London. Read more…

Christmas closure 2016
Friday 23 December 2016

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone from all of the ARLA team. Read more…

Rent Smart Wales – clarification on S21 and number of licensed agents released
Tuesday 20 December 2016

From 23 November 2016 all letting agents in Wales (and the wider UK who either let or manage rental properties in Wales) must be suitably trained and licensed to carry out letting or property management activities. Letting agents and landlords were given 12 months to comply, the deadline has now passed and enforcement has started. Read more…

ARLA warns of unintended consequences of plans to extend the scope of mandatory licensing of HMOs
Wednesday 14 December 2016

Association of Residential Letting Agents has responded to the Department for Communities and Local Government’s consultation on ‘Houses in Multiple Occupation and residential property licensing reforms’. Read more…

David Cox says joined up legislation needed to remove rogue agents
Wednesday 14 December 2016

On 13 December 2016, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) released its consultation on proposed ‘banning order offences’ under the Housing and Planning Act 2016. Read more…

Automation – you say it like it’s a bad thing
Thursday 08 December 2016

The lettings industry can be forgiven for feeling a little beleaguered right now. Upfront agency fees are history. Monthly rents are a source of much unwanted attention. And mandatory client money protection is very imminent. Read more…

Tenant fees - the fight continues
Thursday 08 December 2016

23 November 2016 was a grim day for the industry as lettings agents across the country heard for the first time that the Government intend to ban letting agent fees; an announcement which sent shockwaves across the industry. Read more…

David Cox shares his property predictions for 2017
Thursday 08 December 2016

We all know that Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without a festive roundup from our MD would it?! Here David Cox gives his predictions for 2017 and a roundup of what has been a frantic and challenging year for lettings agents. Read more…

Unlock the power to manage your mobile prints
Wednesday 07 December 2016

Olivetti's "Handy Tips" Series is breaking with tradition, slightly, by dedicating this issue solely to a quick overview of a selection of methods to enable Mobile Device printing. Hopefully, this might make it all seem a little less complicated. Read more…