The beginning of a new era

Monday 17 June 2019

On 14 June, after several weeks of voting for board and presidential roles, Propertymark’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) revealed who will be taking us forward into the coming year.

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UK agents come together to set direction of travel for Propertymark

Friday 14 June 2019

The Propertymark Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place on 14 June at the St Martins Lane Hotel, London, attended by a small group of members, some of whom had travelled from across the country. The Annual Report and Accounts had been shared with members earlier in the month and voting for board and presidential roles had been going on for several weeks.

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The summer of change for letting and estate agents

Friday 14 June 2019

Lloyd Clarke, Partner at Attwells Solicitors writes for Propertymark and discusses the expansion of National Trading Standards and how this impacts the estate and letting agency sector.

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Report finds that landlords abuse holiday let contracts to evade tenants’ rights

Thursday 13 June 2019

According to a new report, landlords and agents in Scotland are exploiting Airbnb-style holiday let contracts to avoid long-term tenancies and evade their responsibilities to tenants.

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Propertymark acts to protect the legitimate business interests of its members

Tuesday 11 June 2019

With a possible breach of the Tenant Fees Act 2019 and Consumer Rights Act 2015 by an aggregator portal, placebuzz.com, Propertymark investigated to protect its members from liability, and importantly, protect consumer rights.

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Lessons from Grenfell – improving safety and looking after residents

Monday 10 June 2019

The Government seeks to bring forward new legislation to keep residents’ safe and is inviting views on a new building safety regime, as well as launching a new home ownership scheme specific for residents of Grenfell.

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Landlord confidence key to possession reforms

Thursday 06 June 2019

Section 21 repossessions should be retained in the private rented sector unless and until a new system is in place that provides landlords with the same level of confidence about repossessing properties in legitimate circumstances.

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Universal Credit system on the horizon to improve direct payment to landlords

Thursday 06 June 2019

A Croydon-based software company says payment times will be cut from weeks to two days after the launch of their new system later this year in partnership with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).

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Pulling the plug on energy theft

Thursday 06 June 2019

The independent charity Crimestoppers is working to raise awareness of the costs and dangers of energy theft. As well as providing information and support for people that are worried that they may be at risk, Crimestoppers receives information through its dedicated reporting service, stay energy safe.

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Are your staff using Propertymark membership as a USP?

Thursday 06 June 2019

In Propertymark’s most recent member survey the top reason that members give for staying in membership is credibility. This backs up previously collected data that shows Principals, Partners and Directors join Propertymark to give their agency an additional unique selling point (USP) while individuals join to demonstrate their commitment to professionalism.

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Death of a tenant – a legal view

Wednesday 05 June 2019

Gina Peters, a partner and solicitor for Dutton Gregory who is the provider of the ARLA Propertymark Helpline, has a wealth of experience in commercial and property litigation and has written an exclusive article on her specialised expertise, focusing on the death of a tenant and what approach to take as an agent.

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Changes to Scotland’s landlord registration legislation

Tuesday 04 June 2019

The details a landlord must provide when making a valid application for landlord registration or when renewing a current registration will soon be changing.

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Labour report calls for a stop on renters paying Council Tax

Tuesday 04 June 2019

A Labour-commissioned report calls on the party to make radical change to the housing market if it wins power. The report proposes to replace the Council Tax with a “progressive property tax” that would see landlords forking the bill.

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PRS trajectory stakeholder workshops ahead of consultation

Tuesday 04 June 2019

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is hosting a series of workshops across the UK where they will discuss policy options for minimum energy efficiency standards in the private rented sector, in advance of a formal consultation.

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National media coverage for Tenant Fees Act message

Monday 03 June 2019

As the Tenant Fees Act came into force across England, ARLA Propertymark Chief Executive, David Cox appeared on national broadcast media reaching a range of audiences, with the message that not all tenant fees are banned and transition arrangements are in place for the private rented sector to bridge the gap to the new arrangements.

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Demand for clear information on new Deposit Cap legislation

Monday 03 June 2019

In April, the UK’s largest tenancy deposit protection scheme (by the value of deposits protected) launched DepositCap.com, an online resource to provide information to those who will be affected by the new legislation, and it has already seen over 17,000 unique visits.

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Updated versions of How to Rent Guide and Form 6a

Friday 31 May 2019

To coincide with the introduction of the Tenant Fees Act 2019, the Government has launched a new version of How to rent - the checklist for renting in England as well as a new Form 6a in relation to Housing Act 1988, Section 21.

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Focus, Drive and Market Share

Tuesday 28 May 2019

Propertymark launches Propertymark Inspire, a brand new initiative, led by members and designed for members to benefit from industry leading trainers.

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The Property Ombudsman issues revised Codes of Practice

Friday 24 May 2019

On 1 June, The Property Ombudsman (TPO) scheme’s updated Codes of Practice will become effective. The revisions are substantial, and incorporate the Tenant Fees Act, Client Money Protection and GDPR requirements.

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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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