Ex-Housing Minister calls for changes to landlords Capital Gains Tax

Thursday 18 April 2019

Former Housing Minister, Dominic Raab has called for Capital Gains Tax (CGT) for landlords to be scrapped on properties up to £35,000 where they have sold the property on to a sitting tenant.

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Bristol City Council to lead on lettings enforcement

Thursday 18 April 2019

Bristol City Council has been announced as the Lead Enforcement Authority for letting agents operating in England. The new Lead Enforcement Authority follows its counterpart for UK-wide estate agency, which is headed by Powys County Council.

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Government consult on extending AML rules to lettings

Tuesday 16 April 2019

On 15 April 2019, the UK Government launched a consultation on extending the anti-money laundering rules to cover letting agents as set out in the Fifth Money Laundering Directive (5MLD).

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How landlords can comply with licensing schemes

Tuesday 16 April 2019

The Private Rental Sector (PRS) is undergoing a revolution. Key to this sector are Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs): properties with 3 or more people, forming 2 or more households. HMOs often have the potential to generate higher yields for landlords than standard single dwellings and as such attract investors into the sector. They can also offer more affordable accommodation to tenants than single bed flats or studios thereby serving an important role in the PRS.

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Government plans to abolish Section 21

Monday 15 April 2019

Today, the UK Government has announced plans to consult on new legislation to abolish Section 21 evictions – so called ‘no-fault’ evictions in England. This will effectively create open-ended tenancies, and lead to what the Government believe will be more effective means of getting their property back when they genuinely need to do so.

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Welsh Government announcement on Section 21

Sunday 14 April 2019

Over the weekend, the First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford, said at the Welsh Labour Conference that, "we will abolish unfair letting agents fees in the private rented sector and we will end the demeaning and degrading practice of no-fault evictions for those people who live in the private rented sector here in Wales."

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Fitness for human habitation and the lettings industry

Thursday 11 April 2019

Fitness for Human Habitation Act (FFHH) – will it change the industry, Darren Clapp, MARLA, CEO of KPR shares his thoughts and highlights trends.

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Rise in stay-at-home young adults

Thursday 11 April 2019

Research from Civitas, Institute for the Study of Civil Society, shows a million more sons and daughters in the UK are living with their parents than there were two decades ago.

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Guidance for lone workers

Wednesday 10 April 2019

HSE (Health and Safety Executive) have revised their Working Alone leaflet to provide advice on the risks of lone working.

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Independent review to investigate customer service and poor workmanship

Tuesday 09 April 2019

Persimmon’s continues its efforts to improve its customer care, culture and operations which are to be assessed in an independent review.

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Wales ban on fees from September

Tuesday 09 April 2019

In a letter to ARLA Propertymark dated 8 April 2019, the Welsh Government have confirmed that they anticipate Royal Assent for the Renting Homes (Wales) (Fees etc.) Bill to be received in May. This means, provided this timetable is kept, the ban on fees will commence on 1 September 2019.

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New inventory guidance for landlords and agents ahead of tenant fees ban

Monday 08 April 2019

Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) has released new guidance on inventory reports to help landlords and letting agents in the private rented sector in England ahead of the introduction of the Tenant Fees Act on 1 June 2019.

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Fire Safety in the Home

Monday 08 April 2019

As part of the Government’s commitment to help prevent fatalities and injuries from accidental fire, the Home Office has launched a new Fire Kills Campaign to keep people safe in their homes.

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ARLA Conference and Exhibition 2019 quenching the thirst for knowledge

Wednesday 03 April 2019

ARLA Propertymark will continue to be a safe port in a storm, promising to continue delivering for our members. This was the conference key message where there was a thirst for knowledge from the 1200 delegates ready to learn as much as they can on all legislative changes.

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Rogue landlords to stop exploiting students minister warns

Wednesday 03 April 2019

In a speech to students, Universities Minister Chris Skidmore warns that landlords who fail to meet basic standards of living for student accommodation must face justice under new regulations.

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Tenant Fees Act 2019 Guidance and Toolkit released

Tuesday 02 April 2019

Guidance for landlords and letting agents released by the Government and a Tenant Fees Toolkit launched by ARLA Propertymark.

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Tenant fee ban – 10 top tips for letting agents

Tuesday 02 April 2019

As part of ARLA Propertymark’s Tenant Fees Tool Kit, we’ve put together 10 of our top tips for letting agents ahead of the Tenant Fees Act 2019 coming into force on 1 June.

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CMP becomes a legal requirement in England

Monday 01 April 2019

Membership of a Government Approved Client Money Protection (CMP) scheme becomes a legal requirement for all agents in England dealing with residential lettings across England from Monday 1 April.

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Changes to MEES Regulations

Monday 01 April 2019

The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 have passed through Parliament and come into force on 1 April.

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Making Tax Digital

Monday 01 April 2019

HMRC is offering a range of support ahead of the changes due from 1 April 2019 affecting VAT-registered businesses with a taxable turnover above £85,000.

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‘Groundbreaking’ Domestic Abuse Act comes into force

Monday 01 April 2019

A new law that criminalises psychological abuse and controlling and coercive behaviour has come into effect in Scotland.

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