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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
On Friday 7 April, the Scottish Government published its consultation into energy efficiency and condition standards of PRS properties.
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.
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.
PRESS RELEASE: David Cox, Chief Executive, ARLA Propertymark, comments on the launch of the Government’s consultation to ban letting agent fees:
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.
PRESS RELEASE: David Cox, Chief Executive, ARLA Propertymark comments on the increased taxes landlords have incurred over the last 12 months.
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.
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.
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.
PRESS RELEASE: David Cox, Chief Executive, ARLA Propertymark comments on today’s announcement that the Government will be introducing compulsory client money protection (CMP) for all letting agents:
PRESS RELEASE: The Government’s proposed ban on letting agent fees will cost tenants who stay in properties the longest hundreds of pounds, ARLA Propertymark (Association of Residential Letting Agents) in partnership with Capital Economics can reveal today.
PRESS RELEASE: David Cox, Chief Executive, ARLA Propertymark comments on news that the Client Money Protection (CMP) Review has strongly recommended mandatory CMP.
ARLA Propertymark has responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on changes to Universal Credit. The proposals would allow Universal Credit applicants in Scotland to receive payments twice monthly, with those on managed payments having the option of their rent being paid directly to their landlord.
HM Treasury has published a consultation on draft Money Laundering Regulations 2017 and their response to the recent consultation on the Fourth Money Laundering Directive, stating their intention not to regulate lettings activity.
The Government have confirmed that new measures to crack down on rogue landlords will come into force on 6 April.
ARLA Propertymark and the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) have written a joint letter to Carl Sargeant AM, the Welsh Communities Secretary, to press for a meeting to discuss the implications of the UK Government’s decision to ban letting agent’s fees to tenants and how any subsequent ban in Wales would affect the sector as a whole.
Recent information provided to ARLA Propertymark from Rent Smart Wales shows that as of 31 January 2017 around 32,213 people have been trained for the purpose of obtaining a licence with Rent Smart Wales.
Whilst the Chancellor, Philip Hammond tried to make light of the Spring Budget with countless jokes and jibes at the opposition, his announcement concerning business rates is no laughing matter.
An estate agency firm has been fined £200,000 for breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act, by failing to discharge a health and safety duty to a person other than an employee after a woman fell down a well during a property viewing last year.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has released guidance to landlords of privately rented non-domestic property on complying with the 2018 'minimum level of energy efficiency' standard (EPC band E).
The Letting Agent Code of Practice Regulations come in to law in January 2018 and with significant work to do, many agents will already struggle to be ready in time.
As the House of Lords and the House of Commons debate guaranteeing the status of thousands of EU citizens living in the UK and the implications for political negotiations of any firm commitment, the Home Office moves to phase three of the Landlord scheme under Immigration Acts 2014 and 2016.
Now may be the best time to swap out those old, inefficient lightbulbs and ditch the energy-guzzling electric heaters in your office.
If any of the properties you manage have Whirlpool tumble dryers, you need to read the latest safety guidance from Whirlpool below.
Every day, 130 men in the UK are diagnosed with prostate cancer. With 58% of Propertymark protected members being male, we want to raise awareness of the issue.