Rent Smart Wales – clarification on S21 and number of licensed agents released

Tuesday 20 December 2016

From 23 November 2016 all letting agents in Wales (and the wider UK who either let or manage rental properties in Wales) must be suitably trained and licensed to carry out letting or property management activities. Letting agents and landlords were given 12 months to comply, the deadline has now passed and enforcement has started.

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ARLA warns of unintended consequences of plans to extend the scope of mandatory licensing of HMOs

Wednesday 14 December 2016

Association of Residential Letting Agents has responded to the Department for Communities and Local Government’s consultation on ‘Houses in Multiple Occupation and residential property licensing reforms’.

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David Cox says joined up legislation needed to remove rogue agents

Wednesday 14 December 2016

On 13 December 2016, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) released its consultation on proposed ‘banning order offences’ under the Housing and Planning Act 2016.

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Automation – you say it like it’s a bad thing

Thursday 08 December 2016

The lettings industry can be forgiven for feeling a little beleaguered right now. Upfront agency fees are history. Monthly rents are a source of much unwanted attention. And mandatory client money protection is very imminent.

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David Cox shares his property predictions for 2017

Thursday 08 December 2016

We all know that Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without a festive roundup from our MD would it?! Here David Cox gives his predictions for 2017 and a roundup of what has been a frantic and challenging year for lettings agents.

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Tenant fees - the fight continues

Thursday 08 December 2016

23 November 2016 was a grim day for the industry as lettings agents across the country heard for the first time that the Government intend to ban letting agent fees; an announcement which sent shockwaves across the industry.

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Rent Smart Wales takes stock

Wednesday 07 December 2016

In the week that enforcement of Rent Smart Wales began, the Welsh Government issued findings of a report conducted by Public and Corporate Economic Consultants (PACEC) which analyses feedback from lettings agents, landlords, tenants, local authorities and key stakeholders about the scheme.

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Unlock the power to manage your mobile prints

Wednesday 07 December 2016

Olivetti's "Handy Tips" Series is breaking with tradition, slightly, by dedicating this issue solely to a quick overview of a selection of methods to enable Mobile Device printing. Hopefully, this might make it all seem a little less complicated.

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Airbnb draws a line in the sand

Tuesday 06 December 2016

Airbnb are to introduce a cap on the number of days that London properties can be let per year in a bid to stop the thousands of unofficial landlords letting properties long-term and turning properties into unlicensed hotels.

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Embrace next generation PropTech for business growth

Monday 05 December 2016

The property market is generally slow to adopt new technologies. Meanwhile, a wave of new property technologies (PropTech) is taking the market by storm, making financial admin easier and less time–consuming, and improving financial controls while providing great visibility on how the business is performing.

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Fenn Wright acquires Thorntons

Monday 05 December 2016

Independently owned East Anglian estate agency Fenn Wright has acquired respected, Sudbury based, Thorntons for an undisclosed fee.

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Tenant Fees Update - A week on from the Autumn Statement

Friday 02 December 2016

Over the last week, ARLA MD David Cox and the ARLA team have worked across a range of channels to understand more about the plans behind the Chancellor's announcement from the Autumn Statement.

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Big fines for agents in Deposit Protection clampdown

Wednesday 30 November 2016

A letting agent has been hit by fines totalling £15,000 following successful prosecutions for failing to protect tenancy deposits, according to information from the Tenancy Deposit Scheme Northern Ireland.

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