Guidance released on aluminium composite materials cladding

Thursday 14 November 2019

The UK Government has released information and advice for building owners, landlords and leaseholders where aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding is present on their building.

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Buy-to-let mortgages stable despite slowdown in market

Wednesday 13 November 2019

Latest data has revealed an overall slowdown in mortgages despite the stability in the buy-to-let market with an expected further growth of 1 per cent in the next quarter.

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Scottish Letting Agent Registration figures update

Tuesday 12 November 2019

The number of letting agents in Scotland who are now operating with a Letting Agent Registration Number (LARN) stands at 837 from 977 applications received by the Scottish Government.

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Tenants Liability Insurance, a win win

Tuesday 12 November 2019

Tenant Shop has been working with Letting Agents for over ten years and provide a portfolio of products and services via their technology platform, SULU.

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Scottish Parliament Committee release Empty Homes report

Tuesday 12 November 2019

The Local Government and Communities committee has released its Empty Homes in Scotland report on the back of the responses received to their short focussed inquiry into empty homes.

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Clarity on Welsh default fees by the end of 2019

Monday 11 November 2019

The Welsh Government has published a summary of responses to its consultation on default fees and prescribed information. The document outlines that the Welsh Government will introduce two new regulations to amend the Act imminently.

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Housing Minister not in favour of rent controls

Friday 08 November 2019

London’s Labour Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has returned to his campaign to win powers which would allow him to impose rent controls despite the Housing Minister speaking out against.

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Changes to Tenancy Deposit Regulations in Scotland

Friday 08 November 2019

The Tenancy Deposit Amendment Regulations (Scotland) 2019 comes into force on 11 November and applies to all approved Tenancy Deposit Schemes in Scotland.

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‘No plans’ to introduce national landlord register

Thursday 07 November 2019

Government has confirmed that a detailed assessment of the ‘A licence to rent’ report has not been undertaken and there are no plans in place to introduce a national landlord register.

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Government grant to tackle rogue landlords

Thursday 07 November 2019

Funding has been made available to local authorities in order to effectively target rogue landlords, support good landlords in fulfilling their responsibilities and empower tenants.

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ARLA Propertymark political manifesto

Monday 04 November 2019

Ahead of the political parties finalising their manifestos for the forthcoming General Election, Propertymark has published its own manifesto calling on the new Government to regulate and reform the housing sector.

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Grenfell inquiry releases phase one recommendations

Wednesday 30 October 2019

Sir Martin Moore-Bick has released the long-awaited phase one report on the public inquiry into the fire at Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017.

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Landlords and private renters needed to help shape future PRS

Tuesday 29 October 2019

Manchester City Council are calling for local landlords and private renters to help form an updated Private Rented Sector Strategy by attending drop-in sessions and responding to their consultation.

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Dame Judith Hackitt to advise on new Building Safety Regulator

Tuesday 29 October 2019

The appointment follows Dame Judith’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, in which the Government committed to take forward all her recommendations and go further, by forming a new national Building Safety Regulator.

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No relief for tenants as rent costs remain high

Monday 28 October 2019

ARLA Propertymark’s Private Rented Sector (PRS) report shows the number of tenants experiencing rent rises fell marginally in September, with 58 per cent of agents witnessing landlords increasing them.

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Welsh Government provide updates clarifying ban on fees rules

Friday 25 October 2019

The Welsh Government have provided clarity on the changes which have been made to the Guidance for Renting Homes (Fees Etc.) (Wales) Act 2019.

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The Property Ombudsman expels agents for failing to pass on rent

Friday 25 October 2019

Lettings agents in Kent, Essex and North London have been expelled by The Property Ombudsman for failing to pay landlords what they are owed.

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Electrical safety standards on the way for England

Thursday 24 October 2019

Sections 122 and 123 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 (electrical safety standards) come into force on 25 October 2019. This means we are finally one step closer to the introduction of mandatory electrical safety checks in the private rented sector in England and will see actual regulations very soon.

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Propertymark Qualifications Awards 2019 Winners

Thursday 24 October 2019

The winners of the Propertymark Qualifications Awards were announced on 23 October, celebrating learners and those who commit to their professional development.

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Agents to be warned over false identities used to source hundreds of properties

Tuesday 22 October 2019

A Chinese national has plead guilty to 22 counts of fraud, false ID and money laundering offences by operating a network of properties used by organised crime groups for prostitution or cannabis farms.

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Five ways to keep your landlords onside - PayProp

Monday 21 October 2019

Britain’s private rented sector is going through a crisis of confidence. Between changes to mortgage tax relief and the looming removal of Section 21 evictions, landlords are thinking hard about their futures in the industry.

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A thirst to get qualified at the Propertymark Wales National Conference

Friday 18 October 2019

With so much change for agents in Wales in 2019, the delegates at the Propertymark Wales National Conference heard a legislative reminder on anti-money laundering, referral fees and the regulation of the industry.

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London letting agents guilty of money laundering

Friday 18 October 2019

Three London agents have received suspended sentences after pleading guilty to fraud following an investigation made by the National Trading Standards eCrime Team.

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Homeowners more than £350k better off than private renters over 30 years

Friday 18 October 2019

The average homeowner in the UK could be £352,500 better off than the average private renter over the next 30 years, new research from the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association (IMLA) says.

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Landlord fined £25k for unlicensed properties

Friday 18 October 2019

A buy-to-let landlord in Nottingham was convicted of nine offences of failing to license properties under the Selective Licensing scheme at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court.

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Appeal against private residential tenancy dismissed

Thursday 17 October 2019

A tenant in Scotland who claimed that she and her landlords were subject to a private residential tenancy (PRT) in a house of multiple occupancy has had her appeal dismissed.

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The Letting Partnership - Client Accounting

Tuesday 15 October 2019

When it comes to choosing an outsourcing company what can you do to make sure they’re the right partner for you?

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The importance of looking after your employee’s mental health

Monday 14 October 2019

This year’s World Mental Health Day was on 10 October and put mental wellbeing firmly under the spotlight. Richard Gould, Director of Commercial at Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing, considers the proactive steps we can all take to look after our mental health.

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New rules for landlord registration in Scotland

Monday 14 October 2019

From 16 September 2019, the information that landlords are required to provide to register or renew their application on the National Landlord Register has changed.

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Government no further with mandatory electrical safety checks

Friday 11 October 2019

Despite Government committing to the introduction in England of electrical safety checks in the private rented sector in July 2018 and then the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) stating its intention to introduce legislation in January 2019, landlords and letting agents are still left without answers.

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