Code of Practice goes live and the Register opens for applications

Wednesday 31 January 2018

Scottish Ministers have confirmed that the Scottish Letting Agent Register has opened for applications alongside the Code of Practice coming into force today.

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What does the English Housing Survey reveal about the PRS?

Wednesday 31 January 2018

The Government has released the latest English Housing Survey. This comprehensive report for 2016-17 looks at England's housing stock, tenure types, the circumstances of people living in England's properties, and trends over time.

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Are you switched on to appliance safety?

Monday 29 January 2018

Appliance safety is massive news right now, with the Government having announced that they are to establish an Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) office just last week, and manufacturers coming under scrutiny amid recent high profile news stories.

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Ensuring compliant deposit protection

Friday 26 January 2018

Although tenancy deposits may only seem a small part of letting a property, it is important that you ensure all tenancy deposits are correctly protected to avoid serious repercussions such as fines and legal action.

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Government reponds to working group's recommendations on product recalls and safety

Thursday 25 January 2018

Further to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Report published in July last year, headed up by former Deputy Chief Fire Officer Neil Gibbins, the Government has now issued their full response.

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New app launched to revolutionise tenant application process

Friday 19 January 2018

In recent months, the Government has announced a raft of proposals and legislation aimed at protecting and extending tenants’ rights and regulating the private rented sector, stamping down on rogue agents and landlords in the process.

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ARLA Propertymark provide evidence for Universal Credit debate in Parliament

Friday 19 January 2018

On 9 January 2018, Stephen Lloyd MP (Liberal Democrat, Eastbourne) led a Westminster Hall debate in Parliament about the effect of Universal Credit on the private rented sector, citing figures from ARLA Propertymark as evidence as to why further reform of Universal Credit is needed.

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Draft Tenant Fees Bill - concerns over no impact assessment

Friday 19 January 2018

On Monday 8 January 2018 the Communities and Local Government Committee had its first evidence session examining the Draft Tenant Fees Bill where leading housing expert Dr Julie Rugg said that policy makers need to understand how letting agents work before knowing what the impact will be.

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Clearer guidelines needed for Welsh Fitness for Human Habitation proposals

Friday 19 January 2018

ARLA Propertymark has responded to the Welsh Government’s consultation on fitness for human habitation pressing for clearer guidelines for landlords as they prepare for responsibilities to ensure a dwelling is fit for human habitation under the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016.

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Rental properties come under the spotlight in Wales

Thursday 18 January 2018

The Welsh Government has released data for 2016-17 which shows the number of assessments carried out by local authorities under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS).

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Hunters launches ‘super short-term’ lettings service with proptech platform Lavanda AGENT

Wednesday 17 January 2018

ARLA Propertymark agents, Hunters, has announced a partnership with Lavanda, the premium ‘super short-term’ rental platform.

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Register my Appliance - helping homes be safer in seconds

Tuesday 16 January 2018

This week, Register My Appliance Day, saw organisations including Propertymark help promote the message that within a matter of seconds, tenants and landlords could register their appliances to help ensure that their lives, their homes and their investments were safe.

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Tenants given right to sue landlord

Tuesday 16 January 2018

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government recently announced that it will support a Private Members Bill proposed by Karen Buck MP, which would enable tenants in England and Wales to take legal action against their landlord if their rental property is in poor condition.

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Card surcharge ban

Thursday 11 January 2018

A new law banning companies from charging fees for credit or debit card payments will come into play this weekend.

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Government announce new Housing Minister in Cabinet reshuffle

Tuesday 09 January 2018

The government have renewed their focus on housing this week, as Theresa May commits to fixing the broken market in a Cabinet shakeup.

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Universal Credit to be debated in Westminster

Monday 08 January 2018

The hotbed that is Universal Credit is still very much on the radar of politicians and shows no signs of abating with a high profile debate scheduled for tomorrow.

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Propertymark Ad campaign kicks off again!

Monday 08 January 2018

The second stage of our high profile advertising campaign to get Propertymark in the hearts and minds of consumers has been running since the new year.

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Propertymark reduces the cost of protection for members

Monday 08 January 2018

PRESS RELEASE: To support its ongoing commitment to reducing members’ costs, Propertymark has announced a series of measures to help agents at a time when the cost of doing business is at a high.

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Crackdown on rogue landlords continues

Wednesday 03 January 2018

In a press release issued over the Christmas break, the Government have announced a new package of measures to help crack down on rogue landlords, leaving them no place to turn.

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Interim report on fire safety released

Tuesday 02 January 2018

An interim independent review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety commissioned by the Government has been released, with the full report expected in Spring 2018. A summit of key stakeholders will also be held early in 2018.

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Skills to stand out in 2018

Tuesday 02 January 2018

There is no doubt that 2018 will be a challenging year for agents, and in such a saturated market, standing out from the competition can be tough.

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