ARLA Propertymark submits evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Social Security Committee

Tuesday 19 March 2019

The Committee sought views on its inquiry into Social Security support for Housing in Scotland.

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Homes Act comes into force on 20 March 2019

Tuesday 19 March 2019

The Home (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 finished its parliamentary journey in December 2018. From tomorrow all social and private landlords, including letting agents, in England will be required to comply.

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Continue to carry out Right to Rent checks

Monday 18 March 2019

In a letter from Rt Hon Caroline Nokes MP, Minister of State for Immigration, to ARLA Propertymark dated 15 March 2019 the Government has confirmed that there are no immediate changes to the operation of the Right to Rent policy and landlords and letting agents are still obliged to conduct checks as required in legislation.

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Rent protection for 2019

Thursday 14 March 2019

This year is no doubt likely to be challenging for many agents. So, we caught up with Propertymark Industry Supplier, Tenant Shop, to talk about how they can help you through the next 12 months.

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2019 Propertymark Scottish National Conference - informative and educational

Thursday 14 March 2019

With the threat of hurricane Gareth looming, it didn’t put off the hardy Scottish estate and lettings agents from ascending to Glasgow on 13 March for a programme filled with heavy legislation issues mixed with a touch of light-hearted tips and information.

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Why staff training is key to PropTech success

Tuesday 12 March 2019

When you recruit a new member of staff, training should always be a priority. So we spoke to Neil Cobbold, who is chief operating officer of PayProp UK, to discuss why investing in staff training is important for the future.

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Labour calls for indefinite tenancies

Tuesday 12 March 2019

Labour’s Shadow Housing Secretary John Healey MP has pledged that the next Labour Government will protect private renters in England from eviction, by introducing new ‘indefinite’ tenancies.

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Government Releases Homes Act Guidance

Friday 08 March 2019

The UK Government has published operating guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities on how to comply with the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018.

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Changes to Glasgow HMO Licences

Friday 08 March 2019

All new and renewed HMO licences for properties within Glasgow City Council’s boundaries are now subject to the new conditions of licensing.

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Government responds to High Court ruling on Right to Rent

Wednesday 06 March 2019

The Minister of State for Immigration, Caroline Nokes MP, issued a written statement on the Right to Rent Scheme yesterday (5 March).

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West Country council introduces property agent grading system

Monday 04 March 2019

Teignbridge council in Devon has launched a grading system, offering a recognised stamp of approval to help landlords and tenants easily identify trusted agents.

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Are you Fitness for Human Habitation ready?

Monday 04 March 2019

Fitness for Human Habitation, or FFHH for short, is undeniably the latest buzz word, but how much do you know about the Act and its implications?

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Become technology experts to drive business success

Friday 01 March 2019

There is a clear relationship between job type and IT knowledge, says Propertymark Industry Supplier Reapit, based on what they have seen of the thousands of managers, negotiators and administrators they train annually.

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Scottish Letting Agent Registration figures released

Friday 01 March 2019

The Scottish Government have confirmed 367 agents have had their applications approved and have now been issued with a Letting Agent Registration Number (LARN). This is on a total of only 889 applications received to date.

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High Court Ruling on Right to Rent scheme

Friday 01 March 2019

On 1 March, the High Court delivered their ruling on the Right to Rent case brought by a group including Joint Council for Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) and Residential Landlords Association. The case argued that the Right to Rent scheme is leading to discrimination and that the evaluation carried out has been insufficient.

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Propertymark's Client Money Protection Scheme Secures Government Approval

Wednesday 27 February 2019

Propertymark has received formal Approval from the Housing Minister, Heather Wheeler MP, to operate a Government-authorised Client Money Protection (CMP) Scheme. The Government has committed to requiring all property agents in the private rented sector to obtain membership of an approved CMP scheme by 1st April 2019 and the many thousands of Propertymark Protected members will now be covered.

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Scottish Parliament Approves Budget

Friday 22 February 2019

Holyrood has voted yesterday (21 February 2019) to pass the Scottish Government’s Budget for the next financial year.

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Client Accounting and the Annual Accountant Report – There Is Another Way

Monday 18 February 2019

So, you’ve refined your business idea, come up with a business plan, and your lettings agency is now in full swing. However, what you never anticipate in those daydream days of business building, is the amount of administration you will need to complete.

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Tenant Fees Act passes in to law

Tuesday 12 February 2019

Following a long and enduring process, legislation banning most tenant fees in England received Royal Assent today.

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Have you provided your tenants and landlords a copy of the Letting Agent Code of Practice?

Tuesday 12 February 2019

If you're an agent operating in Scotland and the answer is no, then you'd better be prepared for a First Tier Tribunal decision against you as illustrated by a recent case highlighted below.

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Could you be the voice of the industry?

Monday 11 February 2019

We are delighted to launch our search for the next ARLA Propertymark Vice President and NAEA Propertymark Vice President (VP).

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The dangers of renting through social media

Tuesday 05 February 2019

We catch up with ARLA Propertymark representative for Kent, David Votta, who gives his perspective about the dangers of renting property through social media.

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London landlords leave market in their droves

Friday 01 February 2019

London letting agent branches each saw an average of six landlords sell their properties and exit the market in December, our Private Rented Sector report found.

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Review of tenancy deposit schemes in Scotland

Thursday 31 January 2019

The Scottish Government has released results from research with tenants, landlords and schemes as part of a review of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme in Scotland.

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Government announce mandatory electrical safety checks

Tuesday 29 January 2019

Today, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has announced that mandatory five-year electrical installation checks on private rented housing in England will be introduced in a phased approach.

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Consultation response: we consider the case for a Housing Court

Friday 25 January 2019

We’ve responded to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s call for evidence which takes a look at problems with the current courts and tribunals system and considers that case for a new Housing Court.

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Setting the records straight on Register My Appliance Day

Thursday 24 January 2019

Today, on Register My Appliance Day, the domestic appliance industry is reminding the public to take a few minutes to register the 170 million large appliances they rely on every day to handle essential chores, chill food and cook for their families.

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Tenant Fees Bill update

Thursday 24 January 2019

Following its passage in the House of Lords last week, the Tenant Fees Bill passed its final hurdle in Parliament.

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Mayor pushes for rent controls

Thursday 24 January 2019

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, yesterday announced that he will develop a new blueprint for stabilising private rents in the capital.

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Scotland revises the PRS Repairing Standard

Wednesday 23 January 2019

Following analysis of the responses to the Scottish Government's consultation in Spring 2017 on introducing a minimum energy efficiency standard and amending the PRS Repairing Standard, draft legislation has been laid before parliament to introduce amendments to the current legislation.

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