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Client Accounting and the Annual Accountant Report – There Is Another Way

18 February 2019

So, you’ve refined your business idea, come up with a business plan, and your lettings agency is now in full swing. However, what you never anticipate in those daydream days of business building, is the amount of administration you will need to complete. Read More...

Tenant Fees Act passes in to law

12 February 2019

Following a long and enduring process, legislation banning most tenant fees in England received Royal Assent today. Read More...

Have you provided your tenants and landlords a copy of the Letting Agent Code of Practice?

12 February 2019

If you're an agent operating in Scotland and the answer is no, then you'd better be prepared for a First Tier Tribunal decision against you as illustrated by a recent case highlighted below. 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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