Regulation of Property Agents Working Group (R0PA) report to Government

Thursday 18 July 2019

Today, Thursday 18 July 2019, the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) released a report on the recommendations of the Regulation of Property Agents Working Group (RoPA) proposing a new regulatory framework to cover estate agents across the UK and letting and managing agents in England only.

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More needs to be done to improve Universal Credit

Wednesday 17 July 2019

At recent Government meetings about Universal Credit, ARLA Propertymark highlighted that the continued cap in Local Housing Allowance is having a significant impact on its recipients’ ability to obtain good quality and well managed accommodation.

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Past winners success – Propertymark Qualifications Awards

Tuesday 16 July 2019

Nominations are in full swing for the 2019 awards and Propertymark spoke to last year’s winners to hear what they’ve achieved since receiving their much-coveted award.

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Welsh Government launch consultation on no-fault evictions

Thursday 11 July 2019

Julie James AM, Minister for Housing and Local Government has launched a consultation asking for views on proposals that include extending the minimum notice period applicable to a section 173 notice from two to six months.

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HHSRS assessment to be updated and improved

Thursday 11 July 2019

The UK Government has today announced that an overhaul of the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) in England will begin later in the year.

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Propertymark responds to default fees consultation

Monday 08 July 2019

The Welsh Government is currently consulting on what should be allowed as a default fee and what information tenants should be provided with before paying a holding deposit under the incoming fee ban.

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Hitting everyone where it hurts

Monday 08 July 2019

If you are in the property industry it cannot have escaped you that the Tenant Fees Act 2019 has recently come into force, permitting letting agents and landlords to only charge fees relating to rent, security deposits, holding deposits or when a contract is breached by a tenant.

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Concerns over recent announcement on consultation to extend landlords notice period

Thursday 04 July 2019

ARLA Propertymark is warning the Welsh Government about the impact of proposed changes after Julie James AM, the Minister for Housing and Local Government has announced she will be launching a consultation about extending the minimum notice period that landlords are required to give under the Renting Homes Act from two months to six months.

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Scottish Letting Agent Registration figures update

Monday 01 July 2019

The number of letting agents in Scotland who have now been issued with a Letting Agent Registration Number (LARN) now stands at 687 from the 938 applications received by the Scottish Government.

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Rogue landlord guilty of putting tenants at risk and hit with hefty fine

Friday 28 June 2019

A rogue landlord has been fined and ordered to pay more than £58,000 after putting vulnerable bedsit tenants at risk.

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Government call for evidence on reform of deposit protection

Friday 28 June 2019

Secretary of State James Brokenshire MP has announced a call for evidence on tenancy deposit protection in England.

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One way to beat the industry blues

Thursday 27 June 2019

Non-stop regulatory changes in the industry are eating away at landlord and agency profitability. But while we can expect some industry fall-out, smart agencies are beating the headwinds and even growing with a killer technology strategy.

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Nominations for the Propertymark Qualifications Awards 2019 are now open

Wednesday 26 June 2019

The awards, for learners in the property sector, are the chance to celebrate colleagues or employers you believe deserve recognition.

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Government selective licensing review backs landlord register

Tuesday 25 June 2019

The UK Government has released its review of selective licensing which, along with other recommendations, backs the need for a national register of landlords.

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TDS’ easy solution to dealing with the Deposit Cap

Monday 24 June 2019

When the Tenant Fees Act 2019 came into force in June 2019 it brought with it a number of major changes to the private rented sector (PRS). One of the most significant was the Deposit Cap. Rebecca Johnston, Director of Business Development at TDS (Tenancy Deposit Scheme), explains how not all protection schemes are alike when it comes to supporting you.

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Proposals around the Scottish short-term lettings market

Friday 21 June 2019

The Scottish Parliament has voted to pass an amendment to the Planning Bill affecting short-term lets and there will now be a designated “control area” where ministers can introduce regulation.

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Guidance released in order to comply with future Scottish minimum energy requirements

Friday 21 June 2019

Minimum energy efficiency standards in the Scottish private rented sector are set to be laid in regulations later this year.

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Online cyber security training

Friday 21 June 2019

The Government worked with leading industry partners to develop free courses to help all businesses understand online threats and how to protect business data, money and reputation.

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Test your AML knowledge

Friday 21 June 2019

How well do you know the Anti-Money Laundering Regulations 2017? With the Fifth Anti-Money Laundering directive coming into force on 10 January 2020, are there any gaps in your knowledge and are you working within the law so far? You could be faced with penalties of huge fines or even a prison sentence if you fail to comply.

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Why the best letting agents will take centre stage post-fees ban

Wednesday 19 June 2019

The tenant fee ban is finally here and in a post-fees market, it will inevitably be letting agencies that take a traditional approach with a focus on high customer service, that will be of huge value to landlords.

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Scottish housing charities and experts meet to find solutions to housing crisis

Wednesday 19 June 2019

Edinburgh has recently seen local housing charities and experts meet to discuss the housing challenges faced by people living in Scotland and explore potential solutions.

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The beginning of a new era

Monday 17 June 2019

On 14 June, after several weeks of voting for board and presidential roles, Propertymark’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) revealed who will be taking us forward into the coming year.

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UK agents come together to set direction of travel for Propertymark

Friday 14 June 2019

The Propertymark Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place on 14 June at the St Martins Lane Hotel, London, attended by a small group of members, some of whom had travelled from across the country. The Annual Report and Accounts had been shared with members earlier in the month and voting for board and presidential roles had been going on for several weeks.

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The summer of change for letting and estate agents

Friday 14 June 2019

Lloyd Clarke, Partner at Attwells Solicitors writes for Propertymark and discusses the expansion of National Trading Standards and how this impacts the estate and letting agency sector.

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Report finds that landlords abuse holiday let contracts to evade tenants’ rights

Thursday 13 June 2019

According to a new report, landlords and agents in Scotland are exploiting Airbnb-style holiday let contracts to avoid long-term tenancies and evade their responsibilities to tenants.

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Propertymark acts to protect the legitimate business interests of its members

Tuesday 11 June 2019

With a possible breach of the Tenant Fees Act 2019 and Consumer Rights Act 2015 by an aggregator portal, placebuzz.com, Propertymark investigated to protect its members from liability, and importantly, protect consumer rights.

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Lessons from Grenfell – improving safety and looking after residents

Monday 10 June 2019

The Government seeks to bring forward new legislation to keep residents’ safe and is inviting views on a new building safety regime, as well as launching a new home ownership scheme specific for residents of Grenfell.

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Landlord confidence key to possession reforms

Thursday 06 June 2019

Section 21 repossessions should be retained in the private rented sector unless and until a new system is in place that provides landlords with the same level of confidence about repossessing properties in legitimate circumstances.

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Universal Credit system on the horizon to improve direct payment to landlords

Thursday 06 June 2019

A Croydon-based software company says payment times will be cut from weeks to two days after the launch of their new system later this year in partnership with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).

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Pulling the plug on energy theft

Thursday 06 June 2019

The independent charity Crimestoppers is working to raise awareness of the costs and dangers of energy theft. As well as providing information and support for people that are worried that they may be at risk, Crimestoppers receives information through its dedicated reporting service, stay energy safe.

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