Custodial or Insured, which scheme comes out on top?

Monday 17 February 2020

Propertymark Industry Supplier, Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) reveal the most popular type of tenancy deposit protection scheme.

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£16 million funding to go to survivors of domestic violence

Monday 17 February 2020

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick confirmed that 75 councils across England will benefit from funding to help boost their domestic abuse refuge services.

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Christopher Pincher is tenth Housing Minister in a decade

Friday 14 February 2020

Christopher Pincher MP has been appointed Housing Minister in the cabinet reshuffle replacing Esther McVey. Mr Pincher is the MP for Tamworth and was previously the Minister of State for Europe and the Americas.

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MHCLG responds to business rates concerns

Wednesday 12 February 2020

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has responded to Propertymark’s concerns about the level of business rates faced by agents on the high street.

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Housing dominates Irish elections

Tuesday 11 February 2020

With the general election results now in and Leo Varadkar’s Fine Gael finishing in third place, many commentators have said that dealing with housing needs should be top of the new Government’s agenda and tackled sooner rather than later.

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New law proposed in Wales to extend notice periods

Tuesday 11 February 2020

The Welsh Government has introduced the Renting Homes (Amendment) (Wales) Bill with the aim of amending the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 to guarantee a minimum of 12 months’ protection against eviction at the start of a new tenancy if they have not breached the terms of their contract.

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Scottish agency reaping benefits of regulation

Monday 10 February 2020

ARLA Propertymark regulates members which demonstrate their dedication to professionalism and development. Clan Gordon, a Scottish letting agent who abides by these standards as a Propertymark Protected member, says it is growing on the back of regulation as many landlords turn to more credible agents.

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Propertymark submits suggestions for spring budget

Monday 10 February 2020

Suggestions have been sent to HM Treasury on new policy ideas for both estate and letting agents to be included in 2020’s Spring Budget.

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EU Settlement Scheme receives more than 3 million applications

Thursday 06 February 2020

Home Secretary Priti Patel has today (6 February 2020) announced that there have been more than 3 million applications to the EU Settlement Scheme less than a year after it was launched.

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Scottish Energy Efficiency PRS Regulations now laid

Wednesday 05 February 2020

The Energy Efficiency (Domestic Private Rented Property) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 have today (5 February) been introduced to put measures in place to improve the energy efficiency of private rented property in Scotland.

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Propertymark supports Fire Kills campaign

Wednesday 05 February 2020

Propertymark is partnering with the UK Government’s fire safety campaign to spread the message of everyday fire hazards and urge agents and landlords to ensure smoke alarms are installed on every floor of their properties.

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Full Universal Credit rollout delayed until 2024

Tuesday 04 February 2020

The House of Lords’ Economic Affairs Committee has launched an inquiry into the economics of Universal Credit due to its continued delay.

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Guidance on workplace safety

Tuesday 04 February 2020

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued guidance on the Brexit transition period until 31 December 2020, while negotiations with the EU take place about the future relationship.

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Cowboy landlord ordered to pay £90k fine

Tuesday 04 February 2020

A buy-to-let landlord with properties across North London has been handed a fine for continuously ignoring selective licensing laws.

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Short-term lets could see tenants leave 500,000 properties

Friday 31 January 2020

Nearly half a million properties could be left unavailable for residents looking to rent in the private rented sector, as more landlords exit the market and move into short-term lets due to the raft of legislative changes they have been faced with.

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Regulation on default fees in Wales

Wednesday 29 January 2020

The Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Prescribed Limits of Default Payments) (Wales) Regulations 2020 has now been laid before the Welsh Parliament which will restrict what can be charged as a default fee in Wales.

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The Property Ombusdman - positive partnerships and looking to the future

Tuesday 28 January 2020

The Property Ombudsman has always played a critical role in raising the profile of the organisation and its work, improving its performance, impact and influence, and ensuring that it has the culture, partnerships, and resources in place to be sustainable over the long term.

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Number of tenants negotiating rent reductions reaches all time low

Tuesday 28 January 2020

ARLA Propertymark’s Private Rented Sector (PRS) December report shows the number of tenants negotiating rent reductions fell to 1.1 per cent from 1.6 per cent in November. This is the lowest figure since records began.

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Take the stress out of your accountants’ report ... by not doing one

Wednesday 22 January 2020

The Letting Partnership, a Propertymark Industry Supplier who specialises in client accounting and HealthChecks looks at the traditional methods of client money account inspections compared to the alternative.

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What we need to know about Lifetime Deposit and Passporting

Wednesday 22 January 2020

Fixflo, repair reporting software provider and Propertymark Industry Supplier looks at the Government’s plan to regulate and rejuvenate the rental market.

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New President set to lead the way for 2020

Tuesday 21 January 2020

After a vigorous selection process, today (21 January), Angela Davey has been appointed to take ARLA Propertymark forward in 2020 as its next President.

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New measures to improve building safety standards

Tuesday 21 January 2020

The UK Government has released its response to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 Report with measures to be put in place that will ‘go further and faster to improve the safety of residents.’

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Insurance market changes and what does this mean for UK businesses?

Tuesday 21 January 2020

Gallagher, insurance brokerage and risk management services firm looks at what risks they believe your business should be aware of in 2020.

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The importance of knowing how to safeguard tenancy deposits

Tuesday 21 January 2020

ARLA Propertymark has undertaken research into the activity of the Housing and Property Chamber First-tier Tribunal for Scotland during December 2019 in relation to applications under Rule 103 (tenancy deposit regulations).

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Propertymark lobbies UK Government on business rates

Monday 20 January 2020

Propertymark expresses concerns about the level of business rates faced by agents on the high street.

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Lettings boss hit with ban after failing to protect deposits

Thursday 16 January 2020

A lettings management director from Exeter has been disqualified for six years after failing to safeguard more than £68,000 worth of tenants’ deposits.

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First of its kind case sees tenant awarded £18,000

Wednesday 15 January 2020

A tenant in Glasgow is the first case of its kind to be awarded £18,000 in damages by the First-tier Tribunal from Scotland Housing and Property Chamber.

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900,000 UK residents to see an increase in Housing Benefit

Wednesday 15 January 2020

The UK Government has announced that the freeze on Local Housing Allowance rates has been lifted and could see Housing Benefit payments rise from April.

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Electrical Safety Regulations to come into force

Tuesday 14 January 2020

Subject to approval by both Houses of Parliament landlords and agents will need to ensure electrical installation inspections and testing are carried out for all new tenancies in England from 1 July 2020 or from 1 April 2021 for existing tenancies.

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New regulations to protect renters from carbon monoxide poisoning

Friday 10 January 2020

The Welsh Conservatives and Welsh Government housing policy team has confirmed new regulations will include additional requirements for landlords to install working carbon monoxide alarms, smoke alarms and undertake an electrical safety test at least every five years.

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