TDS – How to reduce pet-related tenancy deposit disputes

Friday 27 November 2020

Sandy Bastin, Head of Adjudication Services at Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS), discusses the debate on whether owners and agents should allow tenants to keep pets in private rented properties given the spike in pet ownership since the Coronavirus pandemic began.

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Consultation on Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Thursday 26 November 2020

The Government has opened a consultation on mandatory installation of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in England. While the consultation, which closes on 11 January 2021, primarily focuses on social housing it also covers aspects of the private rented sector and is an opportunity to make the case for reform of existing regulations, where they could be improved.

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More work needed on Building Safety Bill in order to protect leaseholders

Wednesday 25 November 2020

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee released their report on the draft Building Safety Bill this week outlining their concerns that the draft does not do enough to protect leaseholders.

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Pressure continues on UK Government for further financial support on rent arrears

Wednesday 25 November 2020

ARLA Propertymark, along with a coalition of six other leading professional bodies, charities and building societies, are urging the UK Government to provide financial help to private renters who have been thrust into rent arears during the economic impact of Coronavirus.

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PM announces COVID-19 Winter Plan

Monday 23 November 2020

Boris Johnson, today, 23 November, announced in Parliament, a COVID-19 Winter Plan which provides a roadmap out of national lockdown in England from 2 December.

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Help for homeowners caught up in unsafe cladding process

Monday 23 November 2020

The External Walls Systems 1 (EWS1) form will no longer be required for owners of flats in buildings without cladding to sell, rent, or re-mortgage a property, as announced on 21 November by the UK Government in an agreement reached with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), UK Finance and the Building Societies Associations (BSA).

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Homes moves guidance from the Scottish Government

Friday 20 November 2020

From today, 20 November, certain areas in Scotland have moved into Level 3 and Level 4 measures, and whilst home moves and other activities related to the property market can continue, they must be carried out safely, referring to the guidance at all times.

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Mayor of London launches licence checker

Thursday 19 November 2020

Yesterday 18 November, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, launched a licence checker online tool which aims to protect the ‘wellbeing of London’s private renters’ to help them discover if their landlord has properly licensed their home.

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The future of referral fees - your questions answered

Thursday 19 November 2020

James Munro, Head of the National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team (NTSELAT), shed some light on their recent report to Government on referral fees and what the future holds in a Propertymark webinar, highlighting all agents should be following the guidance.

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Consultation announced for improving energy performance for all homes

Wednesday 18 November 2020

Today the UK Government has announced its intention to start a consultation on how regulation can help improve the energy performance of homes in England and Wales.

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Tenants with ‘extreme arrears’ exempt from new enforcement rules

Wednesday 18 November 2020

On 17 November 2020, the Public Health (Coronavirus) (Protection from Eviction and Taking Control of Goods) (England) Regulations 2020 came into force in England.

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Incentives needed to deliver PM’s green industrial revolution

Wednesday 18 November 2020

PM Boris Johnson has today, 18 November, set out a ten-point plan for a green industrial revolution that will create and support up to 250,000 jobs across Britain and bring new investment to the housing sector including an extension to the Green Homes Grant Scheme.

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Propertymark highlights practical concerns with Right to Rent

Tuesday 17 November 2020

Propertymark has written to the Home Office to warn that agents will not be able to comply with current expectations to repeat Right to Rent checks completed during the lockdown period, when COVID restrictions are lifted.

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COVID restrictions extended for one week in Northern Ireland while housing market remains open

Friday 13 November 2020

On 12 November 2020, the Northern Ireland Executive voted to extend the ‘circuit-breaker’ for one more week, ensuring that tighter restrictions will be in place across the country until 20 November 2020.

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Travel between Welsh border is allowed for house moves after firebreak period ends

Friday 06 November 2020

The Welsh Government has today released updated guidance for house moves during Coronavirus, confirming that from the 9 November (the end of the firebreak period), the restrictions on viewing properties will be lifted and agents will be able to make arrangements with prospective buyers and tenants to move home.

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ARLA Propertymark appoints four new Regional Representatives

Thursday 05 November 2020

After receiving more applications for the roles than ever before, ARLA Propertymark is pleased to announce the appointment of Regional Representatives across four regions in England.

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Furlough scheme extended until 31 March 2021

Thursday 05 November 2020

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has announced today, 5 November, that the Job Retention Scheme will be extended, acknowledging the need for further financial support to protect jobs following the national lockdown in England, the firebreak in Wales and the local restrictions in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

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Agents can continue to operate during lockdown

Wednesday 04 November 2020

It has been confirmed that property viewings and home moves in England can still take place during the second lockdown, which begins on 5 November and will continue for at least four weeks.

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Property sector exemption within lockdown Regulations

Wednesday 04 November 2020

The Public Health Regulations which will underpin the second national lockdown in England, have been laid and will be voted on in Parliament today.

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Updated right to rent check guidance

Tuesday 03 November 2020

New regulations being implemented on 25 November 2020 will allow non-UK nationals in England to evidence their status for Right to Rent through a digital Home Office check and reduce letting agent workloads.

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Job Retention Scheme extended for new national lockdown

Tuesday 03 November 2020

Following the Government announcement on a second national lockdown in England, due to begin on Thursday 5 November, the Job Retention Scheme has been extended.

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Home moves still permitted in Scotland through tier system

Monday 02 November 2020

The Scottish Government has confirmed that as from today, 2 November 2020, a new five-tier system applies to help tackle the spread of COVID-19 but will allow house moves to continue.

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Impact on the housing sector

Monday 02 November 2020

Following Saturday evening's announcement about further Covid-19 restrictions coming into force across England from Thursday 5 November, we have been working to understand exactly what this means for our members.

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Plans for Jobs: increased financial support

Thursday 22 October 2020

The UK Government announced today, 22 October, further funding added to the new Job Support Scheme for businesses facing more hardship through the tiered systems introduced last week.

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The tenancy deposit protection lessons TDS learnt in 2020

Thursday 22 October 2020

As we move through the difficult times of 2020, Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) takes a retrospective look at how challenges in the private rented sector have happened and how the property industry has managed them guiding agents to deal with or even avoid some issues in the future.

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UK housing market remains undeterred

Wednesday 21 October 2020

Despite COVID-19 limitations, agents have been largely permitted to open in areas where local lockdown restrictions have been enforced, and house moves have still progressed. It seems yet again, the pandemic hasn’t been a deterrent for buyers and renters determined to make a change.

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Welsh Government announce a two-week fire-break – what does it mean for agencies?

Monday 19 October 2020

Today, 19 October, First Minister Mark Drakeford announced that the Welsh Government will impose a two-week fire-break period which requires Welsh residents to stay at home from 6pm on Friday 23 October until Monday 9 November. Today's rules also apply to those traveling into Wales from other parts of the UK: you are permitted to travel into Wales to work as long as you comply with the rules.

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Propertymark backs NRLA calls for a Welsh Housing Survey

Monday 19 October 2020

Propertymark has joined up with the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) Wales in their campaign for political parties to commit to expanding the evidence base for housing by introducing a Welsh Housing Survey (WHS).

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ARLA Propertymark’s concerns raised in Welsh Parliament

Monday 19 October 2020

During a plenary debate on the general principles of the Renting Homes (Amendment) (Wales) Bill on 13 October 2020, ARLA Propertymark was referenced by Mark Isherwood, Housing Spokesperson for the Conservatives, stating our arguments that the Bill will not secure the security of tenure and will make letting a less viable business for landlords, which in turn could push prices up if there is less housing stock available.

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Economic support for the housing market

Friday 16 October 2020

Responding to the Comprehensive Spending Review 2020, Propertymark highlights the requirement for the UK Government to invest in appropriate infrastructure and innovation, to level up economic opportunity.

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