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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Updated right to rent check guidance

Tuesday 08 October 2019

Guidance on conducting right to rent checks on nationals of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the USA who have entered the UK through eGates as visitors has been updated.

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Government launches toolkit to heighten enforcement

Wednesday 02 October 2019

The UK Government has released resources to help local authorities strengthen their enforcement processes with best practice in order to stamp out the rogues in the property sector.

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Regulation is coming to the sector

Tuesday 01 October 2019

Following years of campaigning for higher professional standards for the property industry, Propertymark is urging its members to become compliant with the RoPA report recommendations before the time comes.

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Propertymark supports Empty Homes campaign

Tuesday 01 October 2019

There are currently more than 200,000 empty homes across the UK, around two thirds of the Government’s housebuilding target of 300,000 per year. Many of these could be used to provide a good quality home to someone that needs it.

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Views expressed in letter to Welsh Housing Minister

Tuesday 01 October 2019

Now the dust has settled on the implementation of the Renting Homes (Fees etc.) Wales Act, the Welsh Government must acknowledge the impact on letting agent’s businesses and further aspects of the legislation must be implemented in a more timely and efficient manner.

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Rent remains at record high for fourth consecutive month

Monday 30 September 2019

ARLA Propertymark’s Private Rented Sector (PRS) report shows that the number of tenants experiencing rent rises increased to the highest figure on record in August.

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Trading Standards inspection cracks down on non-compliance

Monday 30 September 2019

After an investigation held by Trading Standards, 67 letting agents’ websites were checked and only 14 were found to be compliant with the law by displaying their fees.

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Tenant Fees enforcement toolkit rolled out

Friday 27 September 2019

The National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team (NTSELAT), has rolled out an enforcement toolkit to trading standards officers across the UK in order to help crack down on non-compliance.

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Have you considered life insurance for your tenants?

Tuesday 24 September 2019

Letting agents have received advice in both the run up and since the implementation of the Tenant Fee Ban and are often being advised to look at their business processes and consider their overall offering to tenants.

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Agency and landlord hit with heavy fines

Monday 23 September 2019

Countrywide, trading as Beresford Adams, has been fined over £22k for health and safety breaches at a property in Wrexham along with a £5k fine to the landlord of the same property for operating without an HMO license.

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Rogue landlord first in England to be banned from the PRS

Friday 20 September 2019

A Telford man who has been deemed as not being a fit and proper person to hold a licence for an HMO has become the first in England to be banned from being a landlord.

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Gas Safety Superheroes

Thursday 19 September 2019

Propertymark advocates for only the highest standards in the property industry, and this week during Gas Safety Week, we want to highlight the impacts of not doing the proper checks on your properties.

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Agencies expelled from TPO

Thursday 19 September 2019

Shoreditch based estate agent Chase & Co UK Ltd, (trading as Chase & Co UK) and Isle of Dogs based estate agent, Property 24/7 have been expelled from The Property Ombudsman (TPO).

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Landlord hit with over £500k fine after illegally converting property

Wednesday 18 September 2019

A London landlord has been hit with fine of over £500,000 after illegally dividing his property into eight small flats.

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Rogue agents fined over £1.2m

Wednesday 18 September 2019

Figures from the London Trading Standards (LTS) show rogue letting agents have been fined over £1.2m for breaking the law, either by not displaying fees and charges or for not being members of a redress scheme.

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Lib Dems to scrap Section 21

Wednesday 18 September 2019

The Liberal Democrats have passed a motion which will scrap Section 21 'No Fault Evictions' in the private rented sector if they come to power at the next general election.

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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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