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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Detection and response tools help to improve printer data security

Thursday 15 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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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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Share your views on the future of digital identity

Tuesday 13 August 2019

A Government consultation is asking for your views on developing a secure and reusable digital identification service, to make processes such as reference checking easier and more reliable. Can digital ID services be made better, centralised, and more useful?

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Landlord fails in appeal after not protecting tenants’ deposits

Tuesday 13 August 2019

A buy-to-let landlord has been unsuccessful in their appeal after failing to pay their tenants deposit into an approved scheme and has been ordered to pay nearly £2,000.

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The best university towns for rents and yields

Monday 12 August 2019

Ideal flatmate has created a table of average rents in locations surrounding the top-ranked universities in the UK using data gathered by PropertyData.

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Six agencies expelled from TPO

Monday 12 August 2019

The Property Ombudsman (TPO) has recently expelled six agents who failed to comply with parts of the TPO Codes of Practice and have not paid awards made by the Ombudsman.

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Updated How to Rent guide

Friday 09 August 2019

The Government has now officially released information on the amendments to the How to Rent guide - the checklist for renting in England.

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Buy to let conman to pay back £48k or go to prison

Wednesday 07 August 2019

A man has been ordered to pay back his total criminal benefit or face going to prison after he claimed he needed a council house but was actually a landlord.

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Right to Rent in relation to visitors from B5JSSK

Wednesday 07 August 2019

The Home Office has updated guidance in relation to Right to Rent checks on residential tenancies in England.

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Landlords are cautious over buy-to-let

Wednesday 07 August 2019

Less than a third of landlords would add to their buy-to-let portfolio over the next 12 months, research claims.

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The beginning of the end for dodgy agents

Tuesday 06 August 2019

Popular comedian Joe Lycett’s exposure of a London letting agent’s questionable practices shows that consumer rights are more relevant than ever, and as we’re more than aware, terrible practice is out there, but could publicity on shows like this be the stepping stone needed in order to crack down on these agencies once and for all?

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Workers hit by home shortage

Tuesday 06 August 2019

There is a massive shortage of homes for rent at reasonable rates for workers in lower pay grades according to the general trade union, GMB Southern Region.

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11 people found sharing small home in shocking conditions

Tuesday 06 August 2019

Officials visiting the building - which also included a shop - found 11 people sharing a home without an HMO license, multiple trip hazards, a damaged fire separation, potentially dangerous electrics and food safety issues.

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GDPR – One year on: stay focused

Monday 05 August 2019

We are one year in and complaints to the regulators are nearing 200,000 and reported breaches are over 85,000. Are we all still being successful in protecting the data of your applicants and vendors?

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Legal & General’s Build To Rent scheme will be largest in Wales

Friday 02 August 2019

Legal & General has exchanged contracts to complete the largest privately funded development in Wales, Cardiff Central Square, in partnership with the Welsh Government and Rightacres Property.

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Australians most interested in Scottish property

Friday 02 August 2019

New figures show that Australia is top of the table when it comes to owning property in Scotland.

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Universal Credit pilot to launch

Wednesday 24 July 2019

Today (24 July 2019), regulations will come into force to enable the delivery of a Universal Credit migration pilot based in Harrogate.

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Redress scheme warning for estate and letting agents

Wednesday 24 July 2019

Following a recent tribunal where an agency was not signed up to a redress scheme for its property management work, only its letting agency work, all estate and letting agents are being urged to check they are signed up with an approved redress scheme that covers the full remit of their work.

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The Vouch difference

Tuesday 23 July 2019

The Vouch system, custom designed to make the tenant application process more efficient, making a difference to agents.

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Consultation on Database of rogue landlords and property agents

Sunday 21 July 2019

The UK Government has launched a consultation on the Database of rogue landlords and property agents. The database was introduced in April 2018 under the Housing and Planning Act 2016 as a tool for local housing authorities in England to keep track of rogue landlords and property agents.

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Consultation launched on Tenancy Reform in England

Sunday 21 July 2019

As Prime Minister Theresa May leaves office the UK Government has launched a 12-week consultation on Tenancy Reform in England, setting out greater detail about what the Government envisage change will look like.

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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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