What plans have the Lib Dems got for the housing sector?

Monday 01 October 2018

At the Liberal Democrats conference in Brighton they called for mandatory licensing, an increase in the notice period that landlords or agents have to give to tenants, and that private rental properties should have a minimum energy rating of C, to be enforced on re-let or by 2024 at the latest.

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Are you recruiting for the future?

Friday 28 September 2018

Anthony Hesse, Managing Director of Property Personnel, a recruitment firm for the property industry, says that agencies are finding it more and more difficult to recruit people from inside the industry. So, how should you be looking for new staff, and what would attract them to your firm?

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Standards on the up in British rental properties

Friday 28 September 2018

A report out this month from insurance giant AXA has found that there is a lot to be positive about when it comes to standards in the private rental sector. Since their last report four years ago many improvements have been made to properties, however there is certainly no room for complacency.

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Say "hello" to Propertymark Connect

Thursday 27 September 2018

Our membership benefits are just one of the reasons to join Propertymark, and now you can find them all in one place with our brand new app - Propertymark Connect - connecting you to your benefits.

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Labour promise Renters' Unions and dedicated housing department

Tuesday 25 September 2018

In his speech at the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool yesterday, Labour's Shadow Housing Secretary, John Healey MP offered support to the 11.5 million people who rent from private landlords.

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Why Government proposals on longer tenancies are unworkable

Monday 24 September 2018

ARLA Propertymark has responded to the Government’s consultation on 'Overcoming the barriers to longer tenancies in the private rented sector' stating that there are no benefits to offering longer initial tenancies because flexible tenancies and rent prices driven by market forces have led to the success of the private rented sector across the UK.

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The premium renters pay for furnished properties

Monday 24 September 2018

Research from property website OnTheMarket.com has found that renting a two-bedroom furnished flat can cost up to 21% more per month than renting an unfurnished property of the same size in the same area.

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How you can help stop domestic violence

Thursday 20 September 2018

Domestic abuse is one of the biggest issues in society today, but what as agents can you do to help stop it?

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Shadow Secretary endorses Bill requiring landlords to be licensed

Wednesday 19 September 2018

The Shadow Secretary of State for Housing has endorsed a Bill that requires all private landlords in England to be licensed.

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Tenant Fees Bill reaches the House of Lords

Monday 17 September 2018

The controversial Bill that will ban most charges set by landlords and letting agents to tenants in England has started its journey through the upper chamber.

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Section 21: Changes in England from October

Monday 17 September 2018

The Deregulation Act 2015 made changes to prevent ‘retaliatory evictions’ and all new tenancies starting on or after 1 October 2015 had to adhere to new guidelines as to when and how a landlord can serve a Section 21 notice.

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Time is running out to register in Scotland

Monday 17 September 2018

By 1 October, Scottish letting agents must ensure that they have joined the Register of Letting Agents, or they’ll be breaking the law.

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Be prepared for HMO changes in England

Friday 14 September 2018

In England on 1 October, the criteria for what kind of House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) needs a mandatory licence is being extended and agents will need to ensure they’re keeping landlords up to date with the incoming change in legislation and making sure that applicable properties are licensed.

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Rugg Review outlines further challenges for policy makers

Thursday 13 September 2018

Ten years on from Julie Rugg’s first review into England’s private rented sector in 2008 her second comprehensive study The Evolving Private Rented Sector: Its Contribution and Potential was launched on 10 September 2018 with support from the Nationwide Foundation.

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Defending liability claims

Thursday 13 September 2018

Good health and safety can be a vital tool to help your organisation comply with legislation and reduce accidents and incidents which could cost you time and money. Liability allegations may lead to claims where there is a perceived negligence on the part of your organisation. Here, our insurance broking partner, Gallagher, look at key components of a risk management strategy to defend liability claims.

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GDPR Breach: It could happen to you

Monday 10 September 2018

Last week, British Airways became embroiled in a GDPR nightmare, which saw 380,000 customers have their financial details stolen.

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Facing the fees ban head on

Friday 07 September 2018

Propertymark Industry Supplier, Reapit, help agencies find ways to grow their business, regardless of the myriad of challenges they face, such as legislative changes, interest rate hikes, political instability and increasing digital demands of customers.

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Tenant Fees Bill passed its third and final reading in Parliament yesterday

Thursday 06 September 2018

Yesterday’s vote on the third reading of the Tenant Fees Bill passed with minor amendments.

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Research reveals that inequality starts at interview

Monday 03 September 2018

New research by recruitment specialists, Hyper Recruitment Solutions (HRS) has revealed that an alarming 85% of interviewers have admitted asking off limits questions during the interview process.

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We're all over Gas Safety Week, are you?

Monday 03 September 2018

ARLA Propertymark are proud to be supporting the eighth Gas Safety Week, which is taking place on 17 – 23 September 2018.

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Are you giving tenants what they want?

Saturday 01 September 2018

Over the generations, the amount of people being able to get onto the property ladder has decreased due to inflation of housing prices and living costs, making renting the only realistic option for many to live on their own. But are lettings agents giving tenants what they want?

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Are you prepared for the mandatory licensing scheme changes?

Friday 31 August 2018

A seismic legislative change is due to hit the Private Rental Sector in the very near future. Have you made arrangements to get compliant with the law change? If not, you will soon be at risk of prosecution, severe reputational damage and fines of up to £30k.

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Scotland businesses set to benefit from the Internet of Things

Thursday 30 August 2018

For those uninitiated, the 'internet of things' or IoT is the latest buzz phrase to get to grips with where digital technology is concerned, and it's one that's sure to be around for some time.

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Important legal change for letting agents likely to be passed

Thursday 30 August 2018

At the beginning of the year, there was a great deal of talk about the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill, sponsored by Karen Buck MP.

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