NAEA and ARLA comment on the housing policies out-lined in the Conservative, Labour and Lib Dem Manifestos

Thursday 18 May 2017

PRESS RELEASE: Mark Hayward, Chief Executive, NAEA Propertymark and David Cox, Chief Executive, ARLA Propertymark comment on the housing policies out-lined in the Conservative, Labour and Lib Dem Manifestos:

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Up to £32,500 available to private sector landlords in Scotland

Tuesday 16 May 2017

Private rented sector landlords and homeowners can now apply for an interest free green home loan up to £32,500 as part of plans to increase the energy efficiency of under-performing homes, and encourage the use of renewable technologies across Scotland.

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And the winner is...

Monday 15 May 2017

On Friday evening, Propertymark Qualifications held its annual awards ceremony to celebrate excellence in property industry qualifications achieved during 2016.

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Vote for your next ARLA Propertymark VP

Friday 12 May 2017

It is that time of year again when you have the chance to vote for your next ARLA Propertymark Vice President.

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Carbon monoxide: the silent killer

Thursday 11 May 2017

In the right hands, gas is safe, however if things go wrong gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

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London Rental Standard to close

Wednesday 10 May 2017

The London Rental Standard (LRS), a voluntary scheme introduced by the then Mayor of London, Boris Johnson back in 2014, is set to close.

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Rogue landlord slapped with banning order

Monday 08 May 2017

A rogue landlord in Fife has been the first to receive a disqualification order by a Scottish court.

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Commercial underinsurance: the major loss is merciless

Friday 05 May 2017

Inadequate insurance coverage could result in serious financial losses, and in some cases could cripple an organisation where the amount claimed exceeds the maximum that can be settled by the insurance policy.

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TDS & Kate Faulkner call for stronger enforcement

Wednesday 03 May 2017

Leading property expert Kate Faulkner has called for stronger enforcement and streamlining of legislation in the private rental sector.

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Propertymark accredited college courses

Friday 28 April 2017

Would you like to see a Propertymark accredited college course in your area? Following the success of City College Norwich we are looking to get more courses off the ground for 2018.

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A look back at 10 years of tenancy deposit schemes

Friday 28 April 2017

Steve Harriott, Chief Executive of TDS, looks back at ten years of tenancy deposit schemes. While it’s been ten years since tenancy deposit schemes were first introduced in England and Wales, TDS has been going a fair bit longer. RICS and ARLA formed The Dispute Service in 2003 to operate a voluntary tenancy deposit scheme for regulated agents (TDSRA).

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Modify a coin meter for new £1 coin and risk a £5000 fine

Friday 28 April 2017

Do any of your properties still use coin sub-meters to charge tenants for gas and electricity? These will not work after 15 October 2017 when old pound coins cease to be legal tender, and many landlords and agents might be tempted to remove the old meters to modify them.

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Sadiq Khan announces new database of rogue agents and landlords

Friday 28 April 2017

On 26 April the current Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced proposals for a radical new database of rogue agents and landlords. It's a positive move for the Capital and one which ARLA Propertymark fully support.

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Propertymark continues to raise its profile

Thursday 27 April 2017

It's amazing to think that although the Propertymark brand was launched less than three months ago, we are already seeing the brand beginning to gain traction and recognition among the public, the industry and the powers that be.

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Dress code or mess code?

Tuesday 25 April 2017

Sexist company dress codes have received media attention again recently. This is the idea that dress codes are discriminating against women and in some instances, sexualising what women wear in the workplace. Hattie Sketchley-Bates from employment law experts HELP provides the low down.

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Scottish PRS continues on set path

Tuesday 25 April 2017

The Scottish PRS continues to prove very robust to geopolitical change as it plots a predictable path in Q1 2017. Contrasting forces from the central belt and Aberdeen result in a balancing act at just 0.1% year on year national growth.

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Improvements to Universal Credit Alternative Payment Arrangement

Thursday 13 April 2017

On 11 April 2017, the Department for Work and Pensions brought in improvements to the Alternative Payment Arrangement UC47 applications forms removing the need for landlords to provide additional evidence.

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5 ways for lettings agents to minimise late payments

Thursday 13 April 2017

Small and medium-sized enterprises in the UK are owed a staggering £26.3 billion in late payment debt. Will new regulations tackle UK late payment debt? And what can you do yourself to minimise late payments?

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Universal Credit: housing costs for 18 to 21 year olds

Wednesday 12 April 2017

From 1 April 2017, the rules have changed for young people aged 18 to 21 who want to claim help with housing costs in areas where Universal Credit is fully rolled out.

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We respond to Northern Ireland proposals for private rented sector

Wednesday 12 April 2017

Back in January the Department for Communities published 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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ARLA Propertymark members lead the way with new apprenticeships

Monday 10 April 2017

Leading property management company, Rendall & Rittner has signed up five aspiring apprentices for its pilot group of the first ever Government Apprenticeship in Housing and Property Management. The apprentices visited the office on Thursday 9 March to see their head office and meet with directors for National Apprenticeship Week.

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Scotland consults on energy efficiency of PRS homes

Monday 10 April 2017

On Friday 7 April, the Scottish Government published its consultation into energy efficiency and condition standards of PRS properties.

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Almost half of landlords to quit by 2020 says AXA

Monday 10 April 2017

Tax relief for landlords began to be phased out from 6 April 2017 under measures first announced in the 2015 Budget. AXA’s latest study of UK landlords reveals that far more believe they will be affected than Government estimates suggest, and almost half plan to quit the rental market by 2020, fearing they are being unfairly targeted.

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Consultation on Letting Agent Fees to Tenants in England has opened

Friday 07 April 2017

Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) have today launched the public consultation into the ban on letting agent fees paid by tenants in England.

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ARLA Propertymark comments on Letting Agent Fees Consultation

Friday 07 April 2017

PRESS RELEASE: David Cox, Chief Executive, ARLA Propertymark, comments on the launch of the Government’s consultation to ban letting agent fees:

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David Cox speaks at PRS APPG about fees

Monday 03 April 2017

On Monday 20 March 2017, ARLA Propertymark CEO David Cox spoke in Parliament at the All Parliamentary Party Group (APPG) for the Private Rented Sector who were conducting a session on “What will be the impact of the ban on letting agent fees paid by tenants?” The Group also invited a representative from Shelter to speak, followed by a Q and A session.

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Increased taxes for landlords over the last 12 months

Monday 03 April 2017

PRESS RELEASE: David Cox, Chief Executive, ARLA Propertymark comments on the increased taxes landlords have incurred over the last 12 months.

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Slam dunk victory for ARLA on CMP

Thursday 30 March 2017

After a long drawn out fight, ARLA has finally won the battle to get the government to introduce mandatory CMP for all agents in England.

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Robert Peston and William Hague Keynote ARLA Conference

Wednesday 29 March 2017

PRESS RELEASE: ARLA Propertymark yesterday held its annual ARLA Conference at ExCel London. The UK’s largest lettings conference and exhibition welcomed ITV Political Editor Robert Peston and Lord William Hague as keynote speakers and journalist and presenter Julian Worricker as conference moderator.

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Packed ExCel for interactive and dramatic ARLA Conference 2017

Wednesday 29 March 2017

ARLA Conference at ExCel, London was a theatrical show this year, featuring an array of passionately fought debates, and even a court room trial about Right to Rent complete with expert witnesses and a court-room backdrop. And the drama didn't end there...more on that later.

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