New app launched to revolutionise tenant application process

Friday 19 January 2018

In recent months, the Government has announced a raft of proposals and legislation aimed at protecting and extending tenants’ rights and regulating the private rented sector, stamping down on rogue agents and landlords in the process.

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ARLA Propertymark provide evidence for Universal Credit debate in Parliament

Friday 19 January 2018

On 9 January 2018, Stephen Lloyd MP (Liberal Democrat, Eastbourne) led a Westminster Hall debate in Parliament about the effect of Universal Credit on the private rented sector, citing figures from ARLA Propertymark as evidence as to why further reform of Universal Credit is needed.

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Draft Tenant Fees Bill - concerns over no impact assessment

Friday 19 January 2018

On Monday 8 January 2018 the Communities and Local Government Committee had its first evidence session examining the Draft Tenant Fees Bill where leading housing expert Dr Julie Rugg said that policy makers need to understand how letting agents work before knowing what the impact will be.

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Clearer guidelines needed for Welsh Fitness for Human Habitation proposals

Friday 19 January 2018

ARLA Propertymark has responded to the Welsh Government’s consultation on fitness for human habitation pressing for clearer guidelines for landlords as they prepare for responsibilities to ensure a dwelling is fit for human habitation under the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016.

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Rental properties come under the spotlight in Wales

Thursday 18 January 2018

The Welsh Government has released data for 2016-17 which shows the number of assessments carried out by local authorities under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS).

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Register my Appliance - helping homes be safer in seconds

Tuesday 16 January 2018

This week, Register My Appliance Day, saw organisations including Propertymark help promote the message that within a matter of seconds, tenants and landlords could register their appliances to help ensure that their lives, their homes and their investments were safe.

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Tenants given right to sue landlord

Tuesday 16 January 2018

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government recently announced that it will support a Private Members Bill proposed by Karen Buck MP, which would enable tenants in England and Wales to take legal action against their landlord if their rental property is in poor condition.

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Card surcharge ban

Thursday 11 January 2018

A new law banning companies from charging fees for credit or debit card payments will come into play this weekend.

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Government announce new Housing Minister in Cabinet reshuffle

Tuesday 09 January 2018

The government have renewed their focus on housing this week, as Theresa May commits to fixing the broken market in a Cabinet shakeup.

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Universal Credit to be debated in Westminster

Monday 08 January 2018

The hotbed that is Universal Credit is still very much on the radar of politicians and shows no signs of abating with a high profile debate scheduled for tomorrow.

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Propertymark Ad campaign kicks off again!

Monday 08 January 2018

The second stage of our high profile advertising campaign to get Propertymark in the hearts and minds of consumers has been running since the new year.

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Propertymark reduces the cost of protection for members

Monday 08 January 2018

PRESS RELEASE: To support its ongoing commitment to reducing members’ costs, Propertymark has announced a series of measures to help agents at a time when the cost of doing business is at a high.

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Crackdown on rogue landlords continues

Wednesday 03 January 2018

In a press release issued over the Christmas break, the Government have announced a new package of measures to help crack down on rogue landlords, leaving them no place to turn.

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Interim report on fire safety released

Tuesday 02 January 2018

An interim independent review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety commissioned by the Government has been released, with the full report expected in Spring 2018. A summit of key stakeholders will also be held early in 2018.

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Skills to stand out in 2018

Tuesday 02 January 2018

There is no doubt that 2018 will be a challenging year for agents, and in such a saturated market, standing out from the competition can be tough.

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Mayor to rogue landlords and letting agents: ‘There's nowhere to hide'

Tuesday 19 December 2017

The Mayor of London’s office has released a statement warning rogue landlords and letting agents that they “have nowhere to hide” as Sadiq Khan launches the Rogue Landlord and Agent Checker – London's first online 'name and shame' database to help private renters.

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Nick Clegg and Justin King confirmed as ARLA Conference 2018 speakers

Wednesday 13 December 2017

PRESS RELEASE: ARLA Propertymark has secured as its keynote speakers for their 2018 Conference former Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, as well as business magnate, Justin King, who, as their youngest CEO, is credited with transforming the fortunes of J Sainsbury PLC.

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GDPR: Keep calm and carry out an audit

Tuesday 12 December 2017

With a major change to data protection legislation looming in May 2018, there is a growing chorus claiming there will be calamity over compliance. Tales of being fined €20m and losing the ability to market to your existing client database are somewhat exaggerated though. Neil Manito, Product Owner at Reapit, offers a measured view of what GDPR means to estate agency and lettings…

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Propertymark Share Predictions for 2018

Monday 11 December 2017

PRESS RELEASE: As we approach the New Year, there are a number of hurdles on the horizon but scope to remain hopeful. With further interest rate rises expected, Brexit negotiations to overcome and the cost of living escalating, the property market could see significant changes. NAEA Propertymark and ARLA Propertymark share their predictions for the rental/buying market, looking ahead to 2018

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Can you help Syrian Refugees find a home?

Friday 08 December 2017

London councils are currently looking for landlords who could help house Syrian refugees. Many councils will even guarantee rent to landlords for the 24-month period and cover costs for void periods.

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Regulation must be effective and affordable

Thursday 07 December 2017

ARLA Propertymark has responded to the Government’s call for evidence on the letting and managing agent market with a clear outline for regulation and training.

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Spread the cost of quality CMP across all letting agents

Thursday 07 December 2017

ARLA Propertymark has issued our response to the Government consultation on mandatory CMP giving our views and comments on how the rules should be designed, implemented and enforced.

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ARLA Propertymark helping to combat rogue landlords

Wednesday 06 December 2017

Following the launch of an inquiry by The Communities and Local Government Committee into whether councils have adequate powers to tackle rogue landlords, ARLA Propertymark has issued a full response.

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ARLA Propertymark respond to draft London Housing Strategy

Tuesday 05 December 2017

London Mayor Sadiq Khan is a Mayor on a mission, seemingly determined to take the tough decisions needed to tackle the capital's housing crisis.

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ARLA Propertymark and NAEA Propertymark’s 2017 property market overview

Monday 04 December 2017

PRESS RELEASE: As we come toward the end of 2017, ARLA Propertymark and NAEA Propertymark have analysed their sales and lettings data to reveal trends and expectations for 2018.

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New private residential tenancies for Scotland from tomorrow

Thursday 30 November 2017

As of 1 December 2017, under the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016, a new Private Residential Tenancy (PRT) will replace the previous assured and short assured tenancy agreements for all new tenancies granted in Scotland.

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Don't forget: display of fees and CMP still applies!

Friday 24 November 2017

Whilst we wait for legislation to be passed over letting agent fees, it's important to remember that it's currently a legal requirement to display your fees, and if you belong to a Client Money Protection scheme.

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ARLA Propertymark agents report high levels of rental activity in Scotland

Friday 24 November 2017

ARLA Propertymark Protected agents, Galbraith have reported that the Dumfries and Galloway property market remains buoyant and continues to show healthy levels of activity.

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Select Committee to scrutinise fee ban legislation

Thursday 23 November 2017

The Communities and Local Government (CLG) Select Committee has announced that it will conduct pre-legislative scrutiny of the Government’s proposals to ban tenant fees imposed by landlords and letting agents on tenants in England.

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Universal Credit gets a revamp in Autumn Budget

Wednesday 22 November 2017

Amid growing criticism at the way the introduction of Universal Credit as replacement to the six previous benefits, has caused suffering to many claimants and fear of increased homelessness as a result, Chancellor Philip Hammond has finally bowed to the pressure from other politicians and lobbying groups, including ARLA Propertymark.

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