Would you like Right to Rent checks to be easier?

Monday 21 January 2019

The Home Office is developing a new online service to make completing right to rent checks quicker and easier, but they need your help to make the service work and bring it to life.

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Rent Smart Wales enforcement intensifies

Monday 21 January 2019

It's now been well over two years since the introduction of Rent Smart Wales. Here we take a look at recent enforcement activity, with rent repayment orders becoming more common and enforcement teams showing renewed vigour to ensure that no stone is left unturned.

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Stamp of approval for Safe Deposits Scotland

Friday 18 January 2019

Seven members of staff from the tenant deposit protection scheme, SafeDeposits Scotland, have been awarded an their level 6 Award in Lettings and Property Management from Propertymark Qualifications.

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Energy Efficiency Inquiry response

Thursday 17 January 2019

Brexit aside, energy efficiency is high on the Government's agenda with targets getting progressively stricter in the run up to the 2030, when private rented properties must have an EPC rating of C or better. This week we've submitted our response to the Government's inquiry on energy efficiency which asks - are the targets too ambitious?

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Councils receive additional funding to tackle rogue landlords

Thursday 17 January 2019

Housing Minister, Heather Wheeler has announced that more than 50 councils in England are to benefit from a funding pot of £2.4 million to help them tackle rogue landlords.

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Small agencies could benefit from FREE world-class training programme

Wednesday 16 January 2019

Cass Business School, in partnership with the University of Oxford and Bocconi University, have launched Strategy Insight Lab, a three-month business support programme for UK based microbusinesses and start-ups.

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Tenant Fees Ban comes into force from 1 June 2019

Tuesday 15 January 2019

Today the government announced that the Tenant Fees Bill will come into force in England on 1 June 2019. Following today’s Third Reading in the House of Lords, the Bill is likely to receive Royal Assent in the coming weeks.

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Coventry City Council's proposals for two new licensing schemes

Tuesday 15 January 2019

Coventry City Council is consulting on two proposals that will place tighter controls on the standards of private sector landlords and the behaviour of tenants.

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Line-up announced for ARLA Propertymark Conference 2019

Monday 14 January 2019

Just when you thought this year's ARLA Propertymark Conference couldn't get any bigger, we've added even more incredible industry names to the line-up.

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TDS appoint independent complaints reviewer in first for sector

Wednesday 09 January 2019

Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS), the private rented sector’s longest establish deposit protection scheme, has appointed Margaret Doyle as its new external Independent Complaints Reviewer, the first in its industry to do so.

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Why letting agents should be relishing 2019

Tuesday 08 January 2019

We catch up with Simon Tillyer, Director of Vouch and Shefflets as we get his personal thoughts on why, despite the forthcoming Tenant Fee Ban in England, there are still reasons to be cheerful, and opportunities available.

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First year of Mortgage Interest Relief cuts to kick in

Friday 04 January 2019

If previous years are anything to go by, as the 31 January deadline looms, landlords across the country will be frantically preparing to file their self-assessment tax returns for the 2017-2018 tax period.

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Report reveals rent hikes in Scotland are not always legal

Friday 04 January 2019

The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 made provision for procedures that landlords need to now follow before they increase rents to tenants on a private residential property.

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Government set out implementation plan for building safety

Wednesday 02 January 2019

The Government has announced that there is a need for fundamental reform of the building and fire safety regulatory system. They say that they want a step change: from a passive system centred around compliance with building regulations to a proactive one where developers and building owners take responsibility for ensuring that residents are safe, with stronger assurance provided by a tougher regulatory framework.

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Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act passes into law

Thursday 20 December 2018

Today the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act, introduced by Karen Buck MP received Royal Assent. We supported the Bill during its passage through Parliament, which also saw it receive cross-party and Government backing.

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The future of Right to Rent checks

Thursday 20 December 2018

Amid media speculation of a disagreement on immigration targets between the PM and Home Secretary Sajid Javid MP, Government released the delayed white paper on Immigration.

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The Tenant Fees Bill – What's Changed?

Thursday 20 December 2018

The Government announced some significant amendments to the Tenant Fees Bill on 4 December, peers have since voted to make changes during Report Stage.

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The number of landlords selling up escalates in the east of England

Thursday 20 December 2018

PRESS RELEASE: The number landlords exiting the market in the East of England stood 100 per cent higher than the national average in November, ARLA Propertymark reveals.

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Workplace wellbeing – is it working?

Tuesday 18 December 2018

Employee wellbeing is being compromised by a lack of understanding of how to implement effective programmes, reveals the latest research from the British Safety Council.

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60,000 tenancies could be terminated in Scotland

Monday 17 December 2018

With an ever increasing amount of legislation, changes in tax and the introduction of the PRT in Scotland, it’s fair to say that landlords have a lot to deal with. Many are questioning their long-term future within the sector and to consider selling their rental properties. Chris Wood of Propertymark Protected agency, Portolio, asks 'is there another way?'

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Propertymark's predictions for 2019

Friday 14 December 2018

Last week, we took a look back at 2018 and analysed how the market has changed over the last 12 months, but today we're peeking into our crystal ball, to see what's to come in 2019.

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Propertymark Protected agency launches its 2020 green vision campaign

Thursday 13 December 2018

ARLA Propertymark Protected Newton Property, one of Scotland’s leading lettings companies, has this week launched its national 2020 Green Energy Vision campaign helping Scotland embrace a more sustainable, environmentally-friendly future.

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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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