Four recent candidates share their experiences of exams

Tuesday 27 November 2018

With full regulation of the lettings industry on the horizon and qualifications likely to become mandatory, now is the time to get ahead of the competition to win customers and beat the queue. We talk to three recent Propertymark Qualifications students who tell us in their own words why they decided to study for a qualification and why it has helped boost their careers and promote their businesses.

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How changes in legislation will push agents to embrace modern technologies

Friday 23 November 2018

With the looming implementation of the new Tenants Fees Bill, Professional Inventory Inspections are set to become an even more essential aspect of managing your properties.

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Nottingham is latest licensing scheme to be failing

Thursday 22 November 2018

Selective and Additional Licensing has been a contentious issue ever since it was first introduced back in the UK in 2007 in Salford, but councils continue to roll out new licensing schemes on a frequent basis with no signs of abating.

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ASH publish findings aimed at reducing levels of smoking in homes

Thursday 22 November 2018

A report published this week takes a look at the role that landlords can play in helping to tackle smoking in the home and minimise the health risks associated with secondhand smoke exposure.

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Will the Making Tax Digital deadline change for small businesses?

Thursday 22 November 2018

In a report out this week, HMRC's Making Tax Digital programme has been slated, with criticism levied at the Government that the new regime, whilst well intentioned, simply hasn't been fully considered and that the timescales for implementation were too optimistic.

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Tenancy deposit disputes remain low

Thursday 22 November 2018

For the eighth consecutive year, less than 1% (0.85%) of all tenancies ended in a dispute over the tenancy deposit according to new figures released by Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS).

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Letting agent registration update

Tuesday 20 November 2018

Letting agent registration became mandatory for all agents operating in Scotland from 1 October 2018. Agents are becoming frustrated at the time taken for the to process their applications, but according to the Scottish Government many agents have submitted late applications, which has meant a bottleneck of applications. Even now, some agents haven't submitted their applications.

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Universal Credit update

Tuesday 13 November 2018

With Universal Credit (UC) being in the news so frequently, it's easy to loose track of recent changes and advice. So, to help you, we've highlighted some of the key messages from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), and provided links for further information.

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Government announces proposals for new Housing Court

Tuesday 13 November 2018

The Government has launched a consultation which looks at reforming the routes to justice for both landlords and tenants, with the most radical option being to set up a new Housing Court.

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Selective Licensing lowdown

Monday 12 November 2018

Selective Licensing and Additional Licensing schemes continue to be adopted by local authorities across the country, despite evidence that suggests they simply do not work. We take a look at few of the most recent ones that have either come into force or will be coming into force shortly, and tell you what we're doing to help you understand them.

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'Tis almost the season...

Monday 12 November 2018

And in the spirit of spreading cheer, Agents Giving's winter coat campaign is back for 2018, helping to collect unwanted winter warmers for those in need.

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Councils given £2 million to fund crackdown on rogue landlords

Thursday 08 November 2018

As a result of new funding announced by the Government today, councils will be able to bid for a share of a £2 million fund designed to help local authorities step up enforcement action against rogue landlords.

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Can lettings agents recover from the fees ban?

Thursday 08 November 2018

Findings from the latest annual report from Fixflo reveals that the fees ban could entirely wipe out some agents’ profits, with half of agents believing they will lose between 10% and 30% of their revenue.

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Welsh Assembly debates ban on tenant fees

Thursday 08 November 2018

On 7 November Labour’s Rebecca Evans AM, Housing and Regeneration Minister, responded to recommendations from the Equality, Local Governments and Communities Committee on the Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Bill.

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Grand Committee examines Tenant Fees Bill

Tuesday 06 November 2018

The Bill set to ban almost all charges that letting agents operating in England can make to tenants, began Committee stage in the House of Lords on 5 November.

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Landlords foot the bill to bring properties up to energy efficiency standards

Tuesday 06 November 2018

Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry announced yesterday that the Government will make landlords in England and Wales pay anything up to £3500 for making improvements to rented properties to bring them in line with the minimum energy efficiency standards, which will be a minimum of an E rating from April 2020.

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Was the Autumn Budget one of missed opportunities?

Friday 02 November 2018

Neil Cobbold, Chief Operating officer for Propertymark Industry Supplier Payprop UK asks if the Chancellor's Autumn Budget earlier this week was one of missed opportunities?

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