Latest News

Regulations on local lockdown published

03 July 2020

The UK Government has published Regulations for Leicester which clarify that agents do not need to cease viewings or close branches in areas of local lockdown. Read More...

Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill no longer proceeding

03 July 2020

The Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill that was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 1 June 2020, with the aim of controlling rent levels for Private Residential Tenancies has not been advanced to Stage 1 consideration. Read More...

Guidance launched to tackle COVID-19 rent arrears

03 July 2020

ARLA Propertymark has joined forces with other leading organisations from across the housing sector to support tenants and landlords facing rent arrears as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Read More...

COVID-19, arrears and your lettings business

02 July 2020

Propertymark Industry Supplier, PayProp looks at the impact of COVID-19 and how agents can best cope with unforeseen challenges when it comes to lost income, managing arrears, and avoiding evictions. Read More...

ARLA Propertymark members manage almost half of England’s private rented sector

01 July 2020

The number of private rented homes in England currently sit at 4.8 million, according to the latest English Housing Survey published by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), and as of May 2020, ARLA Propertymark members manage 47 per cent of those properties. Read More...

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.

Edinburgh-based agency Clan Gordon says it has seen its managed properties exceed 500 in and around the capital, the first time ever after adding 152 properties last year to its portfolio.

Scotland has been the first to introduce:

  • Tenant fees ban
  • limited rent controls
  • Letting Agent Code of Practice
  • proposed controls on Airbnb
  • compulsory landlord registration
  • proposals to widen the scope of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) regulations

Faced by the ongoing change in regulation, Clan Gordon says this is forcing more landlords to either seek experienced agents or exit the market.

Quote mark

It’s nothing less than a pivotal time for the sector – and with the approach Clan Gordon has taken, we can only see our market share continue to expand.

While some landlords and agents may look to maximise short-term gain, a healthy relationship with the tenants, which we strive for at Clan Gordon, can produce a far better outcome for all parties. It creates fewer issues, cuts unnecessary turnover and typically results in a greater long-term financial return for the landlord.

Jonathan Gordon, Co-founder of Clan Gordon told The Scotsman

ARLA PROPERTYMARK MEMBERSHIP

Our members operate to professional standards far higher than the law demands and we campaign for greater regulation in this growing and increasingly important sector of the property market. By using an ARLA Propertymark Protected agent, consumers have the peace of mind their agent will provide a professional service and their money is safeguarded by Propertymark’s Client Money Protection scheme.

Join   Find an expert

CLIENT MONEY PROTECTION

Client Money Protection (CMP) is a scheme that reimburses landlords and tenants should an agent misappropriate their rent, deposit or other client funds. It has long been a requirement for ARLA Propertymark members to have CMP and is now mandatory for all letting agents.

A detailed and comprehensive CMP Fact Sheet can be accessed in the Member’s Area. A Client Money Protection (CMP) leaflet can be downloaded to send to your clients and hard copies are available from our online shop too.

Online shop

REDRESS SCHEMES

Failure to be a member of a redress scheme, when legally required to do so, could result in a penalty notice being issued against the business. The two approved redress schemes are: