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Government issue guidance on MEES

13 October 2017

The Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy has now issued a guidance document suitable for landlords and their agents, on compliance with the minimum energy efficiency standard, as set out in the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015. Read More...

What should 'fit for human habitation' actually mean?

13 October 2017

This is the question the Welsh Government are asking in their consultation: Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 - Fitness for human habitation. We will be responding, but you should too. Read More...

 

Membership criteria streamlined for Scotland

Monday 24 July 2017

ARLA Propertymark has proposed to remove the requirement for members in Scotland who only work solely in lettings to belong to a redress scheme.

The change comes as the First-Tier Tribunal prepares to offer free access to fair and impartial redress to landlords and tenants across Scotland. This means that as an agent, you will still be able to offer a high quality of service and protection to customers, without additional cost.

ARLA Propertymark are taking steps to prepare members for the change, alongside monitoring the effectiveness, speed and quality of judgements delivered by the First Tier Tribunal service.

To help support our members, we have introduced membership services and benefits, such as the new telephone helpline, we have increased regional meetings across Scotland and have put together a range of quality legal documents which are free for members to download and use. Propertymark is providing a new strengthened focus on consumer engagement making benefits like Client Money Protection more important than ever. 

Please remember that this will be applicable to members operating in Scotland only, so if you manage properties in England also, you will still need to belong to a redress scheme. Similarly if you work in both sales and lettings, you will still need to be a member of a redress scheme.

If you have any questions concerning the changes, or if you would like any more information, please contact our Membership Team.