Have your say on Section 21

Friday 13 September 2019

ARLA Propertymark is encouraging all letting agents to respond to the UK Government’s consultation on ‘A new deal for renting: resetting the balance of rights and responsibilities between landlords and tenants.’

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Launch of #GSW2019

Thursday 12 September 2019

Gas Safety Week 2019 was launched this week at the House of Commons. The event went ahead despite a prorogued parliament with attendees picking their way through protests and disruption part way through the event due to amplified heckling from Westminster Bridge.

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Government consultation on fire safety

Wednesday 11 September 2019

The UK Government has announced proposals for sprinklers to be installed in new high-rise blocks of flats by opening a consultation to seek views on the changes to fire safety regulations.

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Propertymark members can now connect to big benefits

Wednesday 11 September 2019

Propertymark has joined forces with BHSF Connect to bring Propertymark members even bigger benefits at the touch of a button with a new app, bringing membership resources and benefits directly to your phone.

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Propertymark supports Gas Safety Week 2019

Wednesday 11 September 2019

Propertymark has pledged its support for Gas Safety Week, taking place 16 -22 September 2019, and will be raising awareness about the importance of gas safety to its members and the public.

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Right to Rent – How to plan for 1 November and beyond

Wednesday 11 September 2019

As we get closer to 31 October, the date when the UK is scheduled to leave the EU, letting agents need to know what compliance with Right to Rent checks on EU, EEA and Swiss nationals will look like.

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Decision looming for longer minimum tenancies?

Tuesday 10 September 2019

Housing Minister, Esther McVey gave a statement that alluded to the Government deciding as soon as next month on whether to introduce a longer minimum period as part of reforms to Assured Shorthand Tenancy (AST) regime.

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Twenty-something agents – why now is the perfect time for ARLA Propertymark Membership

Tuesday 10 September 2019

Angharad Trueman, ARLA Propertymark Representative for the Gloucestershire, Bristol, Bath and North Somerset and an ARLA Propertymark member since her twenties, highlights the benefits of membership and why being a member is something younger agents should work towards.

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Tenancy deposit reform consultation response

Monday 09 September 2019

ARLA Propertymark has responded to the UK Government’s consultation on tenancy deposit reform which called for evidence on the barriers that tenants face when providing a second deposit and asked for views on innovative approaches to help tenants move more easily.

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ARLA Propertymark responds to Rogue Landlord Database Reform Consultation

Friday 06 September 2019

ARLA Propertymark has responded to the UK Governments consultation which seeks views on widening access and considering the scope of the database of rogue landlords and property agents.

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Landlord without HMO rents to 11 EU migrant workers

Thursday 05 September 2019

An Evesham landlord has been ordered to pay £14,500 after he was found to be illegally renting his property out to 11 EU migrant workers.

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Be aware of online fraud

Wednesday 04 September 2019

Recent government research found that a third of businesses reported having cyber security breaches or attacks in the last 12 months. As the Propertymark industry supplier for insurance, Gallagher want to raise awareness of some of the most common types of online fraud, what to look out for, and to reduce the risk to your business.

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HMO landlord hit with £2k fine

Wednesday 04 September 2019

Birmingham City Council has taken action against a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) landlord in the Small Heath area in its first civil penalty case.

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Landlords charge higher rents to pet owners to recoup losses

Wednesday 04 September 2019

The ban on tenant fees in England has pushed landlords to charge those with pets in rented accommodation additional rent, in order to recoup the money lost by cutting out other fees.

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Landlords would be hit with a Labour Government

Tuesday 03 September 2019

Research made by the Financial Times concluded that the UK’s 2.6m landlords would face a moment of reckoning if Labour won the next general election after Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said he wanted a “right to buy” scheme for private tenants as well as higher taxes on landlords.

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Changes to Right to Rent to ease queues at borders

Monday 02 September 2019

ARLA Propertymark has met with the Home Office about Right to Rent in the context of three areas of concern.

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RLA & NLA to merge

Thursday 29 August 2019

The two largest landlord organisations in England and Wales, the National Landlords Association (NLA) and the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) have today launched proposals to unite to create a single organisation.

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We respond to Welsh Section 21 consultation

Thursday 29 August 2019

The Welsh Government is currently consulting on extending the notice period for the equivalent of a Section 21 eviction under the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016, which is yet to come into force.

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Detection and response tools help to improve printer data security

Thursday 29 August 2019

Recent articles released worldwide, and GDPR legislation throughout Europe, have highlighted the fact that today’s printers should be treated no differently than any other IT peripheral.

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Rent costs reach record high

Wednesday 28 August 2019

ARLA Propertymark’s July Private Rented Sector (PRS) report shows that rent prices rose to a new record high for the third consecutive month.

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Agency fined after admitting substandard safety

Friday 23 August 2019

A property agency has been fined £3,000 by Bolton Magistrates Court after putting tenants’ lives at risk with substandard safety measures.

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How to Rent clarification

Wednesday 21 August 2019

After receiving feedback from our members regarding the updated How to rent: the checklist for renting in England, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has now provided clarification to ARLA Propertymark.

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Propertymark launch Tenant Fees Toolkit Wales

Wednesday 21 August 2019

ARLA Propertymark has launched a Tenant Fees Toolkit for letting agents working in Wales to help members prepare for the Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Act 2019.

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Welsh ban on fees – 10 top tips for letting agents

Wednesday 21 August 2019

As part of ARLA Propertymark’s Tenant Fees Toolkit Wales, we’ve put together 10 of our top tips for letting agents ahead of the Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Act coming into force on 1 September 2019.

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Right to Rent uncertainty as deadlines brought forward

Tuesday 20 August 2019

Media speculation around Brexit yesterday focused on Freedom of Movement and Immigration once again, as reports emerged that Home Secretary Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, plans to abandon the Government’s existing commitment to Right to Rent procedures abruptly on 1st November.

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Welsh Government issues fee ban guidelines

Monday 19 August 2019

Guidance for the Renting Homes (Fees Etc.) (Wales) Act 2019 has been issued for landlords and letting agents. The guidelines explain what payments and fees may or may not be taken when setting up and amending a tenancy, and the consequences of taking prohibited payments.

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Keeping housing healthy – David Cox’s five-point market manifesto for the new Prime Minister.

Monday 19 August 2019

David Cox, ARLA Propertymark Chief Executive, has outlined a housing manifesto that he believes will keep the sector healthy. With a new government settling in, this may be an ideal time to investigate and implement these reforms.

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Industry changes Q&A with Darren Clapp

Monday 19 August 2019

Darren Clapp, ARLA Propertymark member and Chief Executive Officer of KPR, a prop tech company which specialises in property reporting and compliance, gives his views on latest industry changes.

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Spotting the signs of criminal exploitation of children and vulnerable adults

Friday 16 August 2019

The Home Office's County Lines campaign aims to help landlords and letting agents – and other frontline staff— to spot potential victims, and report concerns to either the police, anonymously to Crimestoppers, or safeguard in line with their organisation’s safeguarding policy.

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Recent public survey demands "give housing more attention"

Wednesday 14 August 2019

A growing proportion of Britons think that the political parties don’t pay a lot of attention to housing, according to new research.

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