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GDPR: Keep calm and carry out an audit

12 December 2017

With a major change to data protection legislation looming in May 2018, there is a growing chorus claiming there will be calamity over compliance. Tales of being fined €20m and losing the ability to market to your existing client database are somewhat exaggerated though. Neil Manito, Product Owner at Reapit, offers a measured view of what GDPR means to estate agency and lettings… Read More...

Propertymark Share Predictions for 2018

11 December 2017

PRESS RELEASE: As we approach the New Year, there are a number of hurdles on the horizon but scope to remain hopeful. With further interest rate rises expected, Brexit negotiations to overcome and the cost of living escalating, the property market could see significant changes. NAEA Propertymark and ARLA Propertymark share their predictions for the rental/buying market, looking ahead to 2018 Read More...

Can you help Syrian Refugees find a home?

08 December 2017

London councils are currently looking for landlords who could help house Syrian refugees. Many councils will even guarantee rent to landlords for the 24-month period and cover costs for void periods. Read More...

It's not too late to influence the terms of the fees ban

Wednesday 27 September 2017

Way back in November 2016 the Government announced they were to look at banning lettings agent fees. A consultation period then followed, which ARLA Propertymark and many of our members responded to.

Shortly after, the Draft Tenants' Fees Bill was officially announced as part of the Queen's Speech. Whilst a lot of water has passed under then bridge since then, we have continued our long running campaign, fighting on behalf of our members and their livelihoods.

We would like to thank the many members that responded to the fees consultation and subsequently contacted their MPs to campaign in the collective interests of our industry, and that of landlords and tenants.  

However, what is still clear is that, some members, to quote a famous sport 'think it's all over' - but it isn't. Whilst we now know the ban will come into force, it's still not too late to influence the terms of the ban and help mitigate the negative impact on your businesses. 

Our campaign page is still live, and we need you to continue to work with us to apply pressure to MPs across England so that they understand first-hand how it will effect our industry, your livelihoods and how, contrary to popular belief, is unlikely to benefit tenants in the long run. 

You must act now as time will run out shortly, so this is our last push. Go to our campaign page, where you will find lots of material designed to help you confidently put your case to your local MP.

Don't be shy - its just a chat, you don't have to be an experienced presenter to have an influence - just be honest and refer to our guidance for help, and be sure to leave them with a copy of the briefing paper and economic analysis!  

You can also contact our Policy and Campaigns Officer, Tim Douglas if you would like to discuss anything relating to our campaign or need help in preparing to see your MP. 

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