MPs recognise our call for more enforcement

Thursday 19 April 2018

On 19 April 2018, the influential Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee, made up of MPs in Westminster, released its second report following the evidence sessions as part of its inquiry into the Private Rented Sector and Draft Tenant Fees Bill.

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Propertymark urges Government to streamline redress with ombudsman portal

Friday 13 April 2018

ARLA Propertymark and NAEA Propertymark have submitted a joint response to the Government’s consultation on Strengthening consumer redress in the housing market by calling for an ombudsman portal for housing related complaints with one ombudsman for private housing and another for social housing.

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Banks in Scotland told to offer dedicated client banking

Thursday 12 April 2018

The Scottish Code of Practice, which was introduced on 1 April 2018 made it mandatory that all lettings agents have a separate and dedicated client account.

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Letting agents - why change now?

Thursday 12 April 2018

Established companies and industries are increasingly putting technology at the core of their business, and letting agencies should be no exception.

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Insured or Custodial - which tenancy deposit protection option is right for you?

Wednesday 11 April 2018

For over ten years, legislation has demanded that tenancy deposits have had to be protected in either an Insured or Custodial scheme. But which option should you choose?

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Charity report highlights difficulties older people face in PRS

Monday 09 April 2018

Independent Age, a charity for older people, has released a report which examines the challenges for older private renters in the UK.

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Industry Regulation becomes a reality

Sunday 01 April 2018

Government has today announced its response to recent consultations on industry regulation and Client Money Protection in England. If passed, the new measures will mean that agents will be required to adhere to a new Code of Practice and obtain a nationally recognised qualification, with at least one person in every organisation required to have a higher qualification.

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New Land Transaction Tax for Wales

Thursday 29 March 2018

The Welsh Government and the National Assembly for Wales will become responsible for some of the taxes paid in Wales from 1 April 2018 including Land Transaction Tax.

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ARLA Propertymark comments on the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee’s report on the draft Tenant Fees Bill

Thursday 29 March 2018

PRESS RELEASE: Commenting on the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee’s report on the draft Tenant Fees Bill, David Cox, Chief Executive of ARLA Propertymark said:

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Banning Orders and Rogue Database live from next week

Tuesday 27 March 2018

Time in the lettings world flies by so quickly that sometimes it can feel like, if you blink, you'll miss some important piece of new legislation coming into force.

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Why the one per cent rule could help your business

Tuesday 27 March 2018

Vouch director Kevin Gaskell says that the platform has now "Vouched For" its 10,000th tenant.

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Are you ready for MEES next week?

Tuesday 27 March 2018

Unless you've been living under a bush, you'll know that Minimum Energy Efficient Standards (MEES) come into force across England and Wales on 1 April, meaning that some of your clients will inevitably need to make improvements before granting a new tenancy.

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Venturing into the commercial side of property

Monday 26 March 2018

Many agents say they know nothing about the commercial property sector and that it is not something that appeals to them, but as the following case study from NAEA Propertymark member Richard Hare shows, it can be a viable alternative profit centre.

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Joseph Rowntree Foundation offer three models to improve PRS

Friday 16 March 2018

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has published three policy options together with costed findings, aimed at incentivising improvements to the private rented sector.

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Member can save up to 50% on their printing costs

Friday 16 March 2018

If you're an ARLA Propertymark member, you can take part in a very special scheme, being run in partnership with Propertymark and Olivetti, to help save you money on your printing and copying outgoings.

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Do you understand your recycling obligations?

Thursday 15 March 2018

When it comes to getting rid of your old To Let and Let boards, do you know how to dispose of them correctly?

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HCLG Select Committee hear about MHCLG's housing priorities

Wednesday 14 March 2018

Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee has been hearing evidence from a number of MHCLG spokespeople including, Dominic Raab, Minister of State for Housing and Heather Wheeler, Minister for Housing and Homelessness about their priorities for housing.

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Propertymark and Letflo announce Tenancy Builder tool update

Tuesday 13 March 2018

Propertymark members will already have been able to enjoy certain benefits when using Letflo, but now we’re able to confirm that you can take advantage of increased and improved functionality when it comes to providing a full tenancy onboarding package.

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Enveloped Dwellings tax returns must be digital from April

Tuesday 13 March 2018

From 1 April 2018, all online Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings returns must be filed using the ATED digital service. Agents and their customers should register with HMRC now to use this service from 1 April 2018 (unless they have already done so).

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Court case serves as stark reminder to agents on Section 21

Monday 05 March 2018

Robert Bolwell, Partner and Head of Landlord and Tenant at Dutton Gregory, the ARLA Legal Helpline provider, has highlighted a recent County Court decision in relation to Section 21.

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ARLA Propertymark Protected break records with Build To Rent

Friday 02 March 2018

February marks the first anniversary of the opening of the rental development be:here Hayes delivered by BTR developer Be at the former EMI record label building – now named the Gatefold Building – in West London.

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Government plans to help those overpaying for energy

Thursday 01 March 2018

On 26 February, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy announced in a written statement to parliament that they plan to introduce a cap to domestic energy bills to help protect the most vulnerable from overpaying for their energy needs.

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English Private Landlord Survey 2018

Thursday 01 March 2018

More people are living in the private rented sector than ever before. This makes it even more important that we understand more about private landlords and the homes they provide.

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The CMA has launched a crackdown on cartels

Thursday 01 March 2018

A new campaign is being launched by the UK’s competition watchdog to crackdown on organised crime amidst a rise in the number of cartel tip-offs.

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One month to go until MEES

Thursday 01 March 2018

There is only one month left to go before new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) come into force across England and Wales. Find out how we can help you and your landlords prepare, and read what David Cox, Chief Executive, ARLA Propertymark had to say.

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Supply of London rental properties at critical point – now 46% lower than the national average

Wednesday 28 February 2018

PRESS RELEASE: The number of properties available to rent in London stood at 46 per cent below the national average in January, ARLA Propertymark reveals.

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Scottish rent costs rocket in January

Wednesday 28 February 2018

PRESS RELEASE: Almost half (44 per cent) of Scottish tenants saw their rent costs rise in January, a considerable contrast to the national average of 19%, ARLA Propertymark reveals.

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Change of tenancy fee ok, says Minister for Housing and Homelessness

Tuesday 27 February 2018

Heather Wheeler MP, Minister for Housing and Homelessness at MHCLG was the latest witness to give oral evidence in the CLG Select Committee's sessions on the Private Rented Sector and Draft Tenant Fees Bill, along with Becky Perks and Anne Frost, also from MHCLG.

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CLG Select Committee on PRS and Draft Tenant Fees Bill - the chartered institutes

Monday 26 February 2018

Representatives from various housing related chartered institutes were the latest to give oral evidence in the CLG Select Committee's Private Rented Sector and Draft Tenant Fees Bill on 21 February 2018.

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CLG Select Committee on PRS and Draft Tenant Fees Bill - the borough councils

Friday 23 February 2018

On 21 February 2018, representatives from various borough councils gave oral evidence to the CLG Select Committee as they continued their scrutiny of the private rented sector (PRS) and the Draft Tenant Fees Bill.

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