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The Renting Homes (Fees etc) (Wales) Bill is now closer to becoming law

20 March 2019

On 19 March 2019, the legislation that will ban most fees to tenants in Wales passed Stage 3 of legislative proceedings in the Welsh Assembly. Read More...

ARLA Propertymark submits evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Social Security Committee

19 March 2019

The Committee sought views on its inquiry into Social Security support for Housing in Scotland. Read More...

Homes Act comes into force on 20 March 2019

19 March 2019

The Home (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 finished its parliamentary journey in December 2018. From tomorrow all social and private landlords, including letting agents, in England will be required to comply. Read More...

Tenant Fees Bill update

Thursday 24 January 2019

Following its passage in the House of Lords last week, the Tenant Fees Bill passed its final hurdle in Parliament.

The tenant fees ban is now an inevitability, and agents working in England need to continue with their preparations for a post-tenant fees world.

The Bill will receive Royal Assent in the coming weeks, before being passed into law and implemented on 1 June as the Tenant Fees Act 2019.

Commenting on the legislation, Housing Minister Heather Wheeler MP said:

“I know these changes may concern some in the lettings market, but agents who offer good value and high-quality services to landlords, will continue to be in demand and plan an important role in the sector.”

Regional Meetings

If you’ve not done so already, make sure you sign up to your next ARLA Propertymark Regional Meeting where we’ll be hosting sessions on the tenant fees ban.

ARLA Propertymark National Conference

Our annual Conference will be taking place on 2 April at London ExCel, there will be various talks from experts on the ban and what it means for your business. Early bird tickets are now available, and the full agenda can be viewed here

Regulatory Policy Committee report

The Regulatory Policy Committee have also published their opinion on MHCLG’s final stage impact assessment for the Tenants Fees Bill. They say that the Bill is fit for purpose, but call for improvements on the rationale it puts forward for a cap on deposits.