Prime Minister pledges new action to eliminate homelessness and rough sleeping

Monday 23 December 2019

More than £260 million has been committed by the Prime Minister for local authorities to support people who are homeless or at risk of losing their homes.

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Update on the Fifth Money Laundering Directive

Monday 23 December 2019

The Statutory Instrument implementing the new anti-money laundering rules was laid in Parliament on Friday 20 December 2019. This confirms that the Fifth Money Laundering Directive will come into force in the UK on 10 January 2020.

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Scottish Letting Agent Registration figures update

Friday 20 December 2019

The number of letting agents in Scotland who are now operating with a Letting Agent Registration Number (LARN) stands at 863. With 32 applications having been withdrawn.

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Queen’s Speech highlights Propertymark’s calls for open database

Thursday 19 December 2019

Boris Johnson’s pledge to take the UK forward with an ambitious One National programme was announced in the Queen’s Speech today, 19 December, which included new measures to be brought forward to protect tenants, agents, and landlords.

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Queen’s speech – Introduction of a lifetime deposit

Thursday 19 December 2019

In a radical Queen’s Speech with the promise to take the UK forward with an ambitious One Nation programme Boris Johnson’s pledge included new measures to introduce a lifetime deposit.

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Renters’ Reform Bill – Section 21 to be abolished

Thursday 19 December 2019

At the state opening of Parliament on 19 December 2019, the Queen’s Speech set out Boris Johnson’s Government’s “people’s priorities” announcing a Renters’ Reform Bill that will abolish the use of ‘no fault’ evictions by removing Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 and reforming the grounds for possession.

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Lettings boss jailed and sanctioned after £230,000 fraud

Thursday 19 December 2019

The director of a Southampton lettings firm has been jailed after defrauding landlords and tenants out of more than £230,000.

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Rents plummet to lowest in eight months

Wednesday 18 December 2019

ARLA Propertymark’s Private Rented Sector (PRS) report shows the number of tenants experiencing rent rises fell dramatically with 32 per cent of agents witnessing landlords increasing them in November. This is the lowest figure since March 2019.

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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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