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Energy Efficiency PRS Regulations in Scotland on hold again

15 January 2021

The Scottish Government has today, 15 January, announced the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (Scotland) Standards that were to come into law in April 2021, with the first standard requiring properties to have a minimum EPC rating D for new tenancies from April 2022, have again been postponed. Read More...

New building safety regulators proposed for Wales

15 January 2021

The Welsh Government’s Building Safety White Paper covers all multi-occupied residential buildings, from houses converted into flats through to high rise apartment blocks. It sets out major reforms to how properties are designed, built, managed, and lived in whilst proposing clear lines of accountability and a stronger regulatory system. Read More...

Scottish Government continue to refuse LARN applications

Tuesday 04 August 2020

14 applications from agents requesting a letting agent register number (LARN) have been refused by the Scottish Government, with the specifics for the refusals not yet specified in the most recent update, however, details for some of the refusals will be published shortly.

From the 1038 applications that have been received 939 have been approved which are agents who are now operating with a LARN. The Scottish Government is currently processing 42 outstanding applications, which are taking slightly longer than normal due to the restrictions COVID-19 is having on banks to process applications for client accounts. The remaining 43 applications are those that were subsequently withdrawn for one reason or another.

Prior to lockdown, the ongoing monitoring and compliance of those agents who had been issued with a LARN had begun, and the Scottish Government is eager to continue ensuring agents have all insurances, certificates, policies, and procedures, etc. in place as soon as possible.

WHAT ARLA PROPERTYMARK IS DOING

As the three-year renewal period for registration edges closer, ARLA Propertymark is keen to ensure that agents can meet the Scottish Governments CPD requirements of 20 hours and will be offering a range of online courses, training, and updates.

PROPERTYMARK SCOTTISH NATIONAL CONFERENCE

The Propertymark Scottish National Conference has been rescheduled to the 25 February 2021 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. For anyone who had booked onto the Conference prior to the date change, your booking will automatically be transferred to the new date. If you are unable to attend and would like to cancel your booking, email the Propertymark events team.