Professionals and public warned over rogue agencies

Friday 13 December 2019

Three agencies have been expelled from The Property Ombudsman (TPO) for failing to deliver on payments that were instructed by them.

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GE2019 - Party pledges and Propertymark

Tuesday 10 December 2019

Before the political parties finalised their manifestoes for the General Election on 12 December, Propertymark published its own ‘manifesto’ calling on the new Government to regulate and reform the housing sector. How do the major parties’ manifestoes meet Propertymark’s calls on the issues the property industry faces?

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Propertymark and TDS matrix aims to simplify Tenant Fees Ban

Tuesday 10 December 2019

ARLA Propertymark and Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) have created a matrix for landlords and agents to help explain the differences between the Tenant Fees Act 2019 in England and the Renting Homes (Fees Etc.) (Wales) Act 2019, which came into force in Wales in September.

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Changes to Holding Deposit Laws follows Propertymark meeting with Welsh Minister

Monday 09 December 2019

On 4 December, David Cox, Chief Executive, ARLA Propertymark and Board Member for Wales, Angela Davey, met with the Welsh Housing Minister, Julie James AM, to explain the massive difficulties agents face when Governments give the industry very little notice of changes in legislation. The Minister has now extended the date the Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Specified Information) (Wales) Regulations 2019 will come into force to 28 February 2020.

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Agents given false documents and identities by members of drug ring

Thursday 05 December 2019

Four men who headed up a drug ring property plot saw ordinary homes turned into illegal cannabis farms after providing false documents and identities to rent out the houses.

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Rent costs hit record high - 2019 trends

Wednesday 04 December 2019

Propertymark has analysed its lettings and sales data to reveal trends from the year. The private rented sector has seen sharp rent increases due to the tenant fees ban, an outflow of landlords from the market, and Brexit uncertainty.

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The Cloud

Wednesday 04 December 2019

You will often hear technology companies refer to ‘the cloud’, whether it be cloud computing, cloud storage or even cloud software, but what does the cloud really mean? Ross Jezzard ARLA Propertymark Board Member, takes a look.

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Battery-powered smoke alarms failed in more than a third of property fires

Monday 02 December 2019

The Local Government Association (LGA) is urging people, including landlords, to test their smoke alarms due to recent analysis which showed nearly two thirds of battery-powered alarms failing in England last year.

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Major GDPR fine sends warning to property professionals

Thursday 28 November 2019

UK agents should take stock of their data collection and retention procedures, following the news that a Berlin property company has been fined more than €14.5m (£12.4m) due to a GDPR breach.

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Landlord hit with £60,000 fines for substandard properties

Thursday 28 November 2019

A Yorkshire property owner has been hit with court fines for a fourth time for failing to properly manage his rental properties.

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Rent costs fall but offer tenants little reassurance

Thursday 28 November 2019

ARLA Propertymark’s Private Rented Sector (PRS) report shows the number of tenants experiencing rent rises fell by eight percentage points in October. This is the lowest figure since June 2019.

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Smoke and fire awareness in properties

Tuesday 26 November 2019

Darren Clapp, CEO of KPR Software, shares his views on the importance of smoke alarms in properties.

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Views given on updated strategy for the private rented sector

Friday 22 November 2019

Manchester City Council have consulted with agents, landlords and tenants to inform an updated private rented sector strategy for the city. The consultation ran throughout November 2019 seeking to engage stakeholders through an online survey and local drop in sessions across Manchester.

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£57,000 and counting raised by Propertymark team

Friday 22 November 2019

On the 21 November, a team of over 100 agents took to Queen Elizabeth Olympic park in London, as part of Propertymark’s Great Agent Sleep Out to support the homelessness charity, Centrepoint.

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Proposed Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill

Wednesday 20 November 2019

The final proposal for the Proposed Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill was lodged on the 14 November 2019. By introducing measures to limit rent increases and to improve the availability of information about rent levels, the proposed bill is intended to protect tenants in the private rented sector.

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When should a Notice to Leave be served?

Wednesday 20 November 2019

A recent decision in the case of Majid v Gaffney and Britton the Upper Tribunal for Scotland decided any eviction ground, including those for rent arrears must exist at the time the Notice to Leave is served.

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The Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Specified Information) (Wales) Regulations 2019

Monday 18 November 2019

The Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Specified Information) (Wales) Regulations 2019 have been laid in the National Assembly for Wales and if not annulled, could come into force on 13 December.

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Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week 2019

Monday 18 November 2019

Propertymark is backing the Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week which starts on Monday 18th November 2019.

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ARLA Propertymark Conference and Exhibition celebrates 25 years

Monday 18 November 2019

Having grown significantly since its inception in 1995, and with various venues to accommodate the growing interest, the ARLA Propertymark Conference is now firmly rooted at ExCel in London to house the size and appetite of interest from the industry.

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Guidance released on aluminium composite materials cladding

Thursday 14 November 2019

The UK Government has released information and advice for building owners, landlords and leaseholders where aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding is present on their building.

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Buy-to-let mortgages stable despite slowdown in market

Wednesday 13 November 2019

Latest data has revealed an overall slowdown in mortgages despite the stability in the buy-to-let market with an expected further growth of 1 per cent in the next quarter.

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Scottish Letting Agent Registration figures update

Tuesday 12 November 2019

The number of letting agents in Scotland who are now operating with a Letting Agent Registration Number (LARN) stands at 837 from 977 applications received by the Scottish Government.

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Tenants Liability Insurance, a win win

Tuesday 12 November 2019

Tenant Shop has been working with Letting Agents for over ten years and provide a portfolio of products and services via their technology platform, SULU.

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Scottish Parliament Committee release Empty Homes report

Tuesday 12 November 2019

The Local Government and Communities committee has released its Empty Homes in Scotland report on the back of the responses received to their short focussed inquiry into empty homes.

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Clarity on Welsh default fees by the end of 2019

Monday 11 November 2019

The Welsh Government has published a summary of responses to its consultation on default fees and prescribed information. The document outlines that the Welsh Government will introduce two new regulations to amend the Act imminently.

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Housing Minister not in favour of rent controls

Friday 08 November 2019

London’s Labour Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has returned to his campaign to win powers which would allow him to impose rent controls despite the Housing Minister speaking out against.

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Changes to Tenancy Deposit Regulations in Scotland

Friday 08 November 2019

The Tenancy Deposit Amendment Regulations (Scotland) 2019 comes into force on 11 November and applies to all approved Tenancy Deposit Schemes in Scotland.

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‘No plans’ to introduce national landlord register

Thursday 07 November 2019

Government has confirmed that a detailed assessment of the ‘A licence to rent’ report has not been undertaken and there are no plans in place to introduce a national landlord register.

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Government grant to tackle rogue landlords

Thursday 07 November 2019

Funding has been made available to local authorities in order to effectively target rogue landlords, support good landlords in fulfilling their responsibilities and empower tenants.

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ARLA Propertymark political manifesto

Monday 04 November 2019

Ahead of the political parties finalising their manifestos for the forthcoming General Election, Propertymark has published its own manifesto calling on the new Government to regulate and reform the housing sector.

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