Holding Deposit regulations now in force in Wales

Friday 28 February 2020

From today, 28 February 2020, within the Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Act 2019, landlords and agents will have to provide specified information to a tenant, and without it, a tenant is not required to provide a Holding Deposit.

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Scottish Energy Efficiency PRS Regulations now approved

Wednesday 26 February 2020

Ministers have approved The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (Scotland) Regulations 2019 which will come into force on 1 April 2020 and will prescribe a minimum level of energy efficiency from 1 October 2020 for homes in the Scottish Private Rented Sector (PRS).

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More tenants than ever seek housing as rental stock dwindles

Tuesday 25 February 2020

ARLA Propertymark’s Private Rented Sector (PRS) report shows that the demand for rental accommodation has reached a record high in January, with an average of 88 prospective tenants registered per member branch.

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No change to Right to Rent despite new UK points-based system

Friday 21 February 2020

The UK Government has announced that from 1 January 2021, free movement will end, and they will introduce the UK’s Points-Based System but they are still no closer to confirming plans for the future of Right to Rent checks after Britain leaves the EU.

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Custodial or Insured, which scheme comes out on top?

Monday 17 February 2020

Propertymark Industry Supplier, Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) reveal the most popular type of tenancy deposit protection scheme.

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£16 million funding to go to survivors of domestic violence

Monday 17 February 2020

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick confirmed that 75 councils across England will benefit from funding to help boost their domestic abuse refuge services.

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Christopher Pincher is tenth Housing Minister in a decade

Friday 14 February 2020

Christopher Pincher MP has been appointed Housing Minister in the cabinet reshuffle replacing Esther McVey. Mr Pincher is the MP for Tamworth and was previously the Minister of State for Europe and the Americas.

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MHCLG responds to business rates concerns

Wednesday 12 February 2020

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has responded to Propertymark’s concerns about the level of business rates faced by agents on the high street.

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Housing dominates Irish elections

Tuesday 11 February 2020

With the general election results now in and Leo Varadkar’s Fine Gael finishing in third place, many commentators have said that dealing with housing needs should be top of the new Government’s agenda and tackled sooner rather than later.

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New law proposed in Wales to extend notice periods

Tuesday 11 February 2020

The Welsh Government has introduced the Renting Homes (Amendment) (Wales) Bill with the aim of amending the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 to guarantee a minimum of 12 months’ protection against eviction at the start of a new tenancy if they have not breached the terms of their contract.

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Scottish agency reaping benefits of regulation

Monday 10 February 2020

ARLA Propertymark regulates members which demonstrate their dedication to professionalism and development. Clan Gordon, a Scottish letting agent who abides by these standards as a Propertymark Protected member, says it is growing on the back of regulation as many landlords turn to more credible agents.

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Propertymark submits suggestions for spring budget

Monday 10 February 2020

Suggestions have been sent to HM Treasury on new policy ideas for both estate and letting agents to be included in 2020’s Spring Budget.

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EU Settlement Scheme receives more than 3 million applications

Thursday 06 February 2020

Home Secretary Priti Patel has today (6 February 2020) announced that there have been more than 3 million applications to the EU Settlement Scheme less than a year after it was launched.

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Scottish Energy Efficiency PRS Regulations now laid

Wednesday 05 February 2020

The Energy Efficiency (Domestic Private Rented Property) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 have today (5 February) been introduced to put measures in place to improve the energy efficiency of private rented property in Scotland.

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Propertymark supports Fire Kills campaign

Wednesday 05 February 2020

Propertymark is partnering with the UK Government’s fire safety campaign to spread the message of everyday fire hazards and urge agents and landlords to ensure smoke alarms are installed on every floor of their properties.

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Full Universal Credit rollout delayed until 2024

Tuesday 04 February 2020

The House of Lords’ Economic Affairs Committee has launched an inquiry into the economics of Universal Credit due to its continued delay.

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Guidance on workplace safety

Tuesday 04 February 2020

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued guidance on the Brexit transition period until 31 December 2020, while negotiations with the EU take place about the future relationship.

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Cowboy landlord ordered to pay £90k fine

Tuesday 04 February 2020

A buy-to-let landlord with properties across North London has been handed a fine for continuously ignoring selective licensing laws.

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