RLA & NLA to merge

Thursday 29 August 2019

The two largest landlord organisations in England and Wales, the National Landlords Association (NLA) and the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) have today launched proposals to unite to create a single organisation.

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We respond to Welsh Section 21 consultation

Thursday 29 August 2019

The Welsh Government is currently consulting on extending the notice period for the equivalent of a Section 21 eviction under the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016, which is yet to come into force.

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Detection and response tools help to improve printer data security

Thursday 29 August 2019

Recent articles released worldwide, and GDPR legislation throughout Europe, have highlighted the fact that today’s printers should be treated no differently than any other IT peripheral.

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Rent costs reach record high

Wednesday 28 August 2019

ARLA Propertymark’s July Private Rented Sector (PRS) report shows that rent prices rose to a new record high for the third consecutive month.

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Agency fined after admitting substandard safety

Friday 23 August 2019

A property agency has been fined £3,000 by Bolton Magistrates Court after putting tenants’ lives at risk with substandard safety measures.

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How to Rent clarification

Wednesday 21 August 2019

After receiving feedback from our members regarding the updated How to rent: the checklist for renting in England, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has now provided clarification to ARLA Propertymark.

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Propertymark launch Tenant Fees Toolkit Wales

Wednesday 21 August 2019

ARLA Propertymark has launched a Tenant Fees Toolkit for letting agents working in Wales to help members prepare for the Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Act 2019.

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Welsh ban on fees – 10 top tips for letting agents

Wednesday 21 August 2019

As part of ARLA Propertymark’s Tenant Fees Toolkit Wales, we’ve put together 10 of our top tips for letting agents ahead of the Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Act coming into force on 1 September 2019.

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Right to Rent uncertainty as deadlines brought forward

Tuesday 20 August 2019

Media speculation around Brexit yesterday focused on Freedom of Movement and Immigration once again, as reports emerged that Home Secretary Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, plans to abandon the Government’s existing commitment to Right to Rent procedures abruptly on 1st November.

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Welsh Government issues fee ban guidelines

Monday 19 August 2019

Guidance for the Renting Homes (Fees Etc.) (Wales) Act 2019 has been issued for landlords and letting agents. The guidelines explain what payments and fees may or may not be taken when setting up and amending a tenancy, and the consequences of taking prohibited payments.

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Keeping housing healthy – David Cox’s five-point market manifesto for the new Prime Minister.

Monday 19 August 2019

David Cox, ARLA Propertymark Chief Executive, has outlined a housing manifesto that he believes will keep the sector healthy. With a new government settling in, this may be an ideal time to investigate and implement these reforms.

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Industry changes Q&A with Darren Clapp

Monday 19 August 2019

Darren Clapp, ARLA Propertymark member and Chief Executive Officer of KPR, a prop tech company which specialises in property reporting and compliance, gives his views on latest industry changes.

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Spotting the signs of criminal exploitation of children and vulnerable adults

Friday 16 August 2019

The Home Office's County Lines campaign aims to help landlords and letting agents – and other frontline staff— to spot potential victims, and report concerns to either the police, anonymously to Crimestoppers, or safeguard in line with their organisation’s safeguarding policy.

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Recent public survey demands "give housing more attention"

Wednesday 14 August 2019

A growing proportion of Britons think that the political parties don’t pay a lot of attention to housing, according to new research.

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Share your views on the future of digital identity

Tuesday 13 August 2019

A Government consultation is asking for your views on developing a secure and reusable digital identification service, to make processes such as reference checking easier and more reliable. Can digital ID services be made better, centralised, and more useful?

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Landlord fails in appeal after not protecting tenants’ deposits

Tuesday 13 August 2019

A buy-to-let landlord has been unsuccessful in their appeal after failing to pay their tenants deposit into an approved scheme and has been ordered to pay nearly £2,000.

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The best university towns for rents and yields

Monday 12 August 2019

Ideal flatmate has created a table of average rents in locations surrounding the top-ranked universities in the UK using data gathered by PropertyData.

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Six agencies expelled from TPO

Monday 12 August 2019

The Property Ombudsman (TPO) has recently expelled six agents who failed to comply with parts of the TPO Codes of Practice and have not paid awards made by the Ombudsman.

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Updated How to Rent guide

Friday 09 August 2019

The Government has now officially released information on the amendments to the How to Rent guide - the checklist for renting in England.

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Buy to let conman to pay back £48k or go to prison

Wednesday 07 August 2019

A man has been ordered to pay back his total criminal benefit or face going to prison after he claimed he needed a council house but was actually a landlord.

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Right to Rent in relation to visitors from B5JSSK

Wednesday 07 August 2019

The Home Office has updated guidance in relation to Right to Rent checks on residential tenancies in England.

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Landlords are cautious over buy-to-let

Wednesday 07 August 2019

Less than a third of landlords would add to their buy-to-let portfolio over the next 12 months, research claims.

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The beginning of the end for dodgy agents

Tuesday 06 August 2019

Popular comedian Joe Lycett’s exposure of a London letting agent’s questionable practices shows that consumer rights are more relevant than ever, and as we’re more than aware, terrible practice is out there, but could publicity on shows like this be the stepping stone needed in order to crack down on these agencies once and for all?

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Workers hit by home shortage

Tuesday 06 August 2019

There is a massive shortage of homes for rent at reasonable rates for workers in lower pay grades according to the general trade union, GMB Southern Region.

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11 people found sharing small home in shocking conditions

Tuesday 06 August 2019

Officials visiting the building - which also included a shop - found 11 people sharing a home without an HMO license, multiple trip hazards, a damaged fire separation, potentially dangerous electrics and food safety issues.

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GDPR – One year on: stay focused

Monday 05 August 2019

We are one year in and complaints to the regulators are nearing 200,000 and reported breaches are over 85,000. Are we all still being successful in protecting the data of your applicants and vendors?

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Legal & General’s Build To Rent scheme will be largest in Wales

Friday 02 August 2019

Legal & General has exchanged contracts to complete the largest privately funded development in Wales, Cardiff Central Square, in partnership with the Welsh Government and Rightacres Property.

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Australians most interested in Scottish property

Friday 02 August 2019

New figures show that Australia is top of the table when it comes to owning property in Scotland.

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