Scottish Labour party’s Bill to crackdown further on rents

Wednesday 22 May 2019

Consultation is underway on Scottish Labour’s ‘Mary Barbour Bill’ in which if passed, will create further controls on rents.

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Opinion of Scottish Legal Counsel received on Short Assured Tenancies

Wednesday 22 May 2019

ARLA Propertymark has sought Opinion of Counsel on the status of existing Short Assured Tenancies (SAT) following the Private Housing Tenancies (Scotland) Act 2016 coming into force.

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Most affordable homes in England and Wales

Wednesday 22 May 2019

The latest data from the Office of National Statistics has revealed where the most affordable places to buy a home are in England and Wales based on the ratio of the average salary and the average property price.

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Google on the high street - how to win the battle

Tuesday 21 May 2019

Founder of Emarketeers and search marketing expert, Jonathan Saipe wrote an article for Propertymark Professional where he shares the top-tips for High Street businesses in order to stand out and be seen on Google.

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Are you nurturing your successes?

Tuesday 21 May 2019

More and more companies are taking the plunge and employing apprentices and, with 77 per cent of employers believing that apprentices make their business more competitive, it is easy to see why.

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How to fight cyber crime

Tuesday 21 May 2019

Estate agents need to adapt to the ever present and increasing threat that comes from unscrupulous hackers and online criminals.

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The Tenant Fees Act – help is at hand

Monday 20 May 2019

If you are in the property industry it cannot have escaped you that a major change is afoot for landlords, letting agents and tenants.

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Welsh fee ban passes into law

Friday 17 May 2019

On 15 May the Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Bill received Royal Assent. It is now an Act and will come into force on 1 September 2019.

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One third of UK companies have no whistleblowing system

Friday 17 May 2019

Thirty five percent of UK companies have no system in place for employees to raise concerns about behaviour of colleagues, but it has a more firmly entrenched culture that other European countries.

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Post-Brexit Right to Rent guidance issued

Thursday 16 May 2019

New guidance on Right to Rent checks for EU citizens after Britain leaves the European Union has been published by the UK government.

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Manchester City Council to hold HMO drop-in events

Monday 13 May 2019

All private landlords and/or agents who let out a property from 1 October 2018 to five or more unrelated people who share amenities (kitchen, bathroom, etc.) must obtain a licence in order to continue operating and comply with legislation.

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Help shape future Right to Rent service in England

Monday 13 May 2019

The Home Office is urging landlords or agents in England who are/have checked tenants with BRCs and BRPs to come forward in order to shape their online Right to Rent service.

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5 ways to help get ready for the fees ban

Thursday 09 May 2019

In less than a month the Tenant Fees Act 2019 will officially end most letting agent fees charged to tenants. It’s the biggest change to hit the lettings industry in decades. Are you ready?

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Latest Scottish Letting Agent Registration figures released

Thursday 02 May 2019

The Scottish Government has confirmed 562 agents have had their applications approved and have now been issued with a Letting Agent Registration Number (LARN). This is on a total of 914 applications received to date.

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MPs hear evidence on 'no DSS' adverts

Wednesday 01 May 2019

The Work and Pensions Select Committee heard from three panels of witnesses on the subject of the ‘No DSS’ adverts in the private rented sector.

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Scottish Government consults on short-term lets

Wednesday 01 May 2019

The Scottish Government is asking for views on the regulation of short-term lets in Scotland on the back of the significant growth.

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The growing risk of cyber and data crime

Tuesday 30 April 2019

The digital world brings many advantages to estate and letting agents, but what about the additional risks that comes with it - are you prepared?

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Scottish Government consult on HMO categories

Tuesday 30 April 2019

The Scottish Government are seeking views on adding new categories to the definition of a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) in relation to accommodation that contract, and transient workers stay in when working away from home.

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Advice for building owners as part of cladding measures

Monday 29 April 2019

Information and advice for building owners, landlords and leaseholders where aluminium composite cladding is present on their building

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TDS introduces suite of tools ahead of Tenant Fees Act

Friday 26 April 2019

Launched to coincide with the ARLA Propertymark conference earlier this month, TDS has become the first Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme to introduce a range of free, online tools to help landlords and agents comply with incoming Deposit Cap legislation.

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Consolidation of agencies – is this the first sign of the Tenant Fees Ban taking hold?

Friday 26 April 2019

ARLA Propertymark have commented on the figures discovered in their recently published March 2019 PRS report which states that there is a record number of homes available to renters.

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Long-distant investment – be aware

Friday 26 April 2019

ARLA Propertymark have commented on the recent article released by the Telegraph highlighting the implications faced by investors who let properties away from their local areas.

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

Thursday 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.

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Bristol City Council to lead on lettings enforcement

Thursday 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.

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Government consult on extending AML rules to lettings

Tuesday 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).

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How landlords can comply with licensing schemes

Tuesday 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.

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Government plans to abolish Section 21

Monday 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.

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Welsh Government announcement on Section 21

Sunday 14 April 2019

Over the weekend, the First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford, said at the Welsh Labour Conference that, "we will abolish unfair letting agents fees in the private rented sector and we will end the demeaning and degrading practice of no-fault evictions for those people who live in the private rented sector here in Wales."

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Fitness for human habitation and the lettings industry

Thursday 11 April 2019

Fitness for Human Habitation Act (FFHH) – will it change the industry, Darren Clapp, MARLA, CEO of KPR shares his thoughts and highlights trends.

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Rise in stay-at-home young adults

Thursday 11 April 2019

Research from Civitas, Institute for the Study of Civil Society, shows a million more sons and daughters in the UK are living with their parents than there were two decades ago.

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