Nominations for the Propertymark Qualifications Awards 2019 are now open

Wednesday 26 June 2019

The awards, for learners in the property sector, are the chance to celebrate colleagues or employers you believe deserve recognition.

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Government selective licensing review backs landlord register

Tuesday 25 June 2019

The UK Government has released its review of selective licensing which, along with other recommendations, backs the need for a national register of landlords.

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Rogue landlord guilty of putting tenants at risk and hit with hefty fine

Tuesday 25 June 2019

A rogue landlord has been fined and ordered to pay more than £58,000 after putting vulnerable bedsit tenants at risk.

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TDS’ easy solution to dealing with the Deposit Cap

Monday 24 June 2019

When the Tenant Fees Act 2019 came into force in June 2019 it brought with it a number of major changes to the private rented sector (PRS). One of the most significant was the Deposit Cap. Rebecca Johnston, Director of Business Development at TDS (Tenancy Deposit Scheme), explains how not all protection schemes are alike when it comes to supporting you.

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Proposals around the Scottish short-term lettings market

Friday 21 June 2019

The Scottish Parliament has voted to pass an amendment to the Planning Bill affecting short-term lets and there will now be a designated “control area” where ministers can introduce regulation.

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Guidance released in order to comply with future Scottish minimum energy requirements

Friday 21 June 2019

Minimum energy efficiency standards in the Scottish private rented sector are set to be laid in regulations later this year.

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Online cyber security training

Friday 21 June 2019

The Government worked with leading industry partners to develop free courses to help all businesses understand online threats and how to protect business data, money and reputation.

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Test your AML knowledge

Friday 21 June 2019

How well do you know the Anti-Money Laundering Regulations 2017? With the Fifth Anti-Money Laundering directive coming into force on 10 January 2020, are there any gaps in your knowledge and are you working within the law so far? You could be faced with penalties of huge fines or even a prison sentence if you fail to comply.

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Why the best letting agents will take centre stage post-fees ban

Wednesday 19 June 2019

The tenant fee ban is finally here and in a post-fees market, it will inevitably be letting agencies that take a traditional approach with a focus on high customer service, that will be of huge value to landlords.

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Scottish housing charities and experts meet to find solutions to housing crisis

Wednesday 19 June 2019

Edinburgh has recently seen local housing charities and experts meet to discuss the housing challenges faced by people living in Scotland and explore potential solutions.

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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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