Skills for jobs

Friday 14 May 2021

The UK Government set out in the Queen’s speech on 11 May, its legislative plans for adult education and training for the next parliamentary session with a proposed Skills and Post-16 Education Bill.

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Commonhold Council launched

Friday 14 May 2021

An advisory panel of leasehold and industry groups has been launched to inform the UK Government on the future of commonhold homeownership.

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Leasehold Reform Bill published

Thursday 13 May 2021

The Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill has been published today, 13 May, and when implemented aims to help tackle inconsistency and ambiguity of ground rents for future leaseholders.

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Changes to notice periods for evictions

Wednesday 12 May 2021

The UK Government has announced that from 1 June 2021 notice periods in England that are currently six months, will now be reduced to four months.

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Virtual Right to Rent checks extended

Wednesday 12 May 2021

The Home Office has today, 12 May, extended the period in which letting agents in England can carry out Right to Rent checks by video call by a further month to 20 June 2021.

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The Queens Speech 2021: four key issues for property agents

Tuesday 11 May 2021

The UK Government announced their plans for the next parliamentary session in the Queen’s Speech today, 11 May, which includes several significant changes to planning rules, a new Building Safety Regulator, ground rents, and the next steps for Renters Reform.

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Supporting Mental Health Awareness Week

Monday 10 May 2021

The UK is amid a property boom, which is great news for our sector and the many professions that benefit from this increased activity. However, with the boom comes increased demand on agents’ workload, time, and targets, which can take its toll on mental health.

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Major reform for the PRS in Northern Ireland ahead

Thursday 06 May 2021

Following the recent publication by the Department for Communities to the response of the consultation on proposals to reform the private rented sector (PRS), Communities Minister, Deirdre Hargey, has outlined her plans to ensure people and families living in the private rented sector have a safe and secure home.

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Executive Chair’s new role for the Conveyancing Association

Thursday 06 May 2021

Nicky Heathcote, Propertymark’s Interim Executive Chair, will also lend her skills to The Conveyancing Association, stepping into the role of Non-Executive Chair with immediate effect.

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Housing a priority for Scottish political parties

Tuesday 04 May 2021

Ahead of the elections on Thursday 6 May, the main political parties in Scotland have published policies for the housing sector. Propertymark outlines the key areas, and our own manifesto sets out, in detail, the areas Ministers should focus on.

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Propertymark reiterates calls for Flood Re to be extended

Tuesday 04 May 2021

Propertymark has responded to the UK Government’s latest consultation on Amendments to Flood Re, reiterating long-standing views that the UK Government must ensure that the scheme is extended, and insurance is provided at reasonable rates to private landlords, leaseholders, and small businesses.

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Increased appetite to get qualified

Tuesday 04 May 2021

Since the re-opening of Pearson Vue test centres in April, Propertymark Qualifications has seen more than 750 exams taken and in May, 850 exams have been booked so far.

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Tenant discriminated against for receiving benefits

Tuesday 04 May 2021

A letting agent and landlord have been ordered to pay damages of £4,500 and legal fees for unlawfully refusing to show a potential tenant a rental property based on the fact she receives benefits.

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Breathing Space Scheme introduced

Tuesday 04 May 2021

From today, Tuesday 4 May, The Debt Respite Scheme (Breathing Space Moratorium and Mental Health Crisis Moratorium) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 come into force, which provides a temporary period of relief from creditors for individuals in England and Wales to help those with problem debt.

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Six-point plan for London

Tuesday 04 May 2021

Ahead of the London Mayoral Elections on 6 May 2021, Propertymark outlines its six priorities the incoming mayor must focus on for London.

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Fire Safety Bill finally due to become law

Thursday 29 April 2021

The Fire Safety Bill clarifies where responsibility for fire safety lies in multi-occupied buildings in England and Wales and is set to receive Royal Assent today, 29 April.

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Exclusions from Ombudsman scheme emphasise importance of regulation

Thursday 29 April 2021

Three property agents across the UK have been excluded from The Property Ombudsman (TPO) for failing to pay outstanding awards. The episodes highlight the importance of regulating the property sector and shows how it continues to be crucial to improve the quality and reputation of the profession.

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External walls code of practice consultation launched

Wednesday 28 April 2021

The UK Government has announced a consultation on a new code of practice to assess external walls and cladding systems so building owners receive consistent advice on whether a building needs remedial work.

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Fines for HMOs underpins need to take fire safety seriously

Wednesday 28 April 2021

There has been a series of high-profile fines for landlords and property companies of houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) during April for offences related to fire and electrical safety, highlighting the importance of using legitimate, well-trained, and responsible letting agents manage property.

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Demand for rental accommodation continues to rise

Wednesday 28 April 2021

Propertymark’s March Private Rented Sector Report shows no sign of demand slowing down in the rental market with the number of new prospective tenants rising for the third month in a row.

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UK Government data shows Green Homes Grant Scheme inefficiencies

Friday 23 April 2021

Data released by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy on 22 April showed that, despite receiving over 100,000 applications, only a small amount of pay-outs were actually made during its lifetime.

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Survey claims over half of landlords back pets in rented property

Friday 23 April 2021

A recent survey of landlords by business insurers, Direct Line, suggests nearly half welcome the UK Government’s new Model Tenancy Agreement which allows pets in rental properties.

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Agents’ views sought on property listings

Tuesday 20 April 2021

The National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team (NTSELAT) has today, 20 April, launched a consultation to gather information to develop guidance as to what should be considered material information on property listings and portals.

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UK Government drops requirement to repeat ID checks

Tuesday 20 April 2021

The Home Office has announced that it will no longer require letting agents in England to carry out retrospective Right to Rent checks on tenants who had a COVID-19 adjusted check between 30 March 2020 and 16 May 2021.

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Proportionate approach needed to building safety in Wales

Thursday 15 April 2021

Propertymark has responded to the Welsh Government’s consultation on improving building safety in Wales by supporting the proposed measures but urging the Welsh Government to also consider the height of buildings, occupation and material used to build property to determine fire risk rather than simply the number of dwellings.

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To replace or repair? That is the question (regarding tenancy deposits)

Wednesday 14 April 2021

Sandy Bastin, Head of Adjudication Services at Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS), a Propertymark Industry Supplier, discusses cleaning and damage to property and contents best practice given they continue to top the list of most common reasons for tenancy deposit disputes.

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Safety remains a priority as restrictions ease

Tuesday 13 April 2021

Yesterday, 12 April 2021, the UK Government amended advice on house moves following the easing of restrictions in England.

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Rent controls are not the answer

Thursday 08 April 2021

On 6 April, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan announced his manifesto ahead of the local elections in May 2021 with some key policy announcements that impact the housing sector, including proposals to introduce rent controls in the private rented sector.

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Rent arrears mediation service information released

Thursday 08 April 2021

Details of the UK Government’s housing possession mediation service was released yesterday, 7 April 2021, which was initially introduced in February 2021, as part of the current court process for housing possession cases.

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Long term financial plan needed for greener property sector

Thursday 08 April 2021

The UK Government announced that the Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme launched last year will close to new applications on 31 March 2021, twelve months earlier than originally planned.

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