Lobbying and Campaigning

Recently there have been countless proposals, reports, investigations and legislative changes to the property sector across the UK. We are in the thick of it, placing issues on the agenda, commenting in the media and challenging decision makers on the issues that matter to you.

Learn more about the major changes to the industry that are affecting you and your business. Read our research that helps shape the arguments we make in media, whilst working with other organisations and in our consultation responses.

Ban on agent fees

Ban on agent fees

The Ban on Letting Agent Fees

Government's in England and Wales are looking into the possibility of banning fees that agents charge to their tenants. Read more...

Client Money Protection

Client Money Protection

All agents managing lettings in England will need to belong to an approved CMP scheme by 1 April 2019. Read more...

Lancaster Road, London

Licensing

The Housing Act 2004 provided for the introduction of selective licensing of private landlords in a local authority’s area. Read more...

Immigration Act

Immigration Act

View useful links and frequently asked questions about the Immigration Act and Right to Rent checks here. Read more...

Paperwork

General Data Protection Regulation

On 25 May 2018 GDPR came into force, are you compliant?  Read more...

Regulation in Scotland

Scotland Agent Regulation

Since 1 October 2018, all letting agents in Scotland are required to be on the Scottish Letting Agent Register. Read more...

Rent Smart Wales

Rent Smart Wales

Private landlords with property in Wales are required to register both themselves and their rental properties. Read more...

Red and blue door

Housing and Planning Act

The Housing and Planning Act introduces new rules that landlords and letting agents need to be aware of. Read more...

Housing research

Housing Research

Study our research into the UK housing market. Our recent report focused on Brexit and the Property Market. Read more...

PRS reports

Private Rented Sector Reports

View reports containing research gathered from our members through our online survey. Read more...

Consultation responses

Consultation Responses

We respond to public consultations making our views clear on proposed legislation or the effects of existing policy. Read more...

 

Latest News

Ex-Housing Minister calls for changes to landlords Capital Gains Tax

18 April 2019

Former Housing Minister, Dominic Raab has called for Capital Gains Tax (CGT) for landlords to be scrapped on properties up to £35,000 where they have sold the property on to a sitting tenant. Read More...

Bristol City Council to lead on lettings enforcement

18 April 2019

Bristol City Council has been announced as the Lead Enforcement Authority for letting agents operating in England. The new Lead Enforcement Authority follows its counterpart for UK-wide estate agency, which is headed by Powys County Council. Read More...

Government consult on extending AML rules to lettings

16 April 2019

On 15 April 2019, the UK Government launched a consultation on extending the anti-money laundering rules to cover letting agents as set out in the Fifth Money Laundering Directive (5MLD). Read More...

How landlords can comply with licensing schemes

16 April 2019

The Private Rental Sector (PRS) is undergoing a revolution. Key to this sector are Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs): properties with 3 or more people, forming 2 or more households. HMOs often have the potential to generate higher yields for landlords than standard single dwellings and as such attract investors into the sector. They can also offer more affordable accommodation to tenants than single bed flats or studios thereby serving an important role in the PRS. Read More...

Government plans to abolish Section 21

15 April 2019

Today, the UK Government has announced plans to consult on new legislation to abolish Section 21 evictions – so called ‘no-fault’ evictions in England. This will effectively create open-ended tenancies, and lead to what the Government believe will be more effective means of getting their property back when they genuinely need to do so. Read More...