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Scottish Energy Efficiency PRS Regulations now approved

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). Read More...

More tenants than ever seek housing as rental stock dwindles

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. Read More...

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

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. Read More...

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£16 million funding to go to survivors of domestic violence

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. Read More...

Christopher Pincher is tenth Housing Minister in a decade

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. Read More...

MHCLG responds to business rates concerns

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. Read More...

New measures to improve building safety standards

Tuesday 21 January 2020

The UK Government has released its response to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 Report with measures to be put in place that will ‘go further and faster to improve the safety of residents.’

A regulator will be at the heart of a new regime, established as part of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and speaking in the House of Commons, Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick made it clear that from next month he will start to name building owners where remediation has not started to remove unsafe Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding from their buildings.

Those building owners who have been too slow to act and are responsible for ensuring their buildings are safe will now face local authority enforcement with the Governments support in doing so.

Mr Jenrick confirmed the Government will consult on extending the ban on combustible materials to buildings below 18 metres and we will seek views on how risks are assessed within existing buildings to inform future policy.

Government's response to Phase 1

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The government is committed to bringing about the biggest change in building safety for a generation.

Progress on improving building safety needs to move significantly faster to ensure people are safe in their homes and building owners are held to account.

That’s why today I’m announcing a major package of reforms, including establishing the Building Safety Regulator within the Health and Safety Executive to oversee the new regime and publishing consolidated guidance for building owners.

Unless swift progress is seen in the coming weeks, I will publicly name building owners where action to remediate unsafe ACM cladding has not started. There can be no more excuses for delay, I’m demanding immediate action.

Housing Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP

The measures include:

  • Building Safety Regulator – To help raise building safety and performance standards, including overseeing a new, more stringent regime for higher-risk buildings. With a strong track record of working with industry and other regulators to improve safety, they will draw on the experience and the capabilities of other regulators to implement the new regime. Dame Judith Hackitt will chair a Board to oversee the transition.

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We are proud the Government has asked HSE to establish the new Building Safety Regulator.

HSE’s vast experience of working in partnership with industry and others to improve lives will ensure people are confident the creation of the new regulator is in good hands.

Martin Temple, Chair of the Health and Safety Executive

  • Advice on building safety for multi-storey, multi-occupied buildings – The Government have appointed independent expert advisory panel (IEAP) which has clarified and updated advice to building owners on actions they should take to ensure their buildings are safe, with a focus on their external wall systems, commonly referred to as cladding.
  • Fire doors – The Government welcomes the commitment by the Association of Composite Door Manufacturers to work with building owners to remediate their doors which failed tests.
  • Remediation of buildings with ACM cladding – The Government has announced that they will be appointing a construction expert to review remediation timescales and identify what can be done to improve pace in the private sector.
  • Fire Safety Bill - The Government has also set out further details of the upcoming Fire Safety Bill being introduced to Parliament, which was set out in more detail in our response to the Public Inquiry Phase 1 recommendations. The changes will make it easier to enforce where building owners have not remediated unsafe ACM by complementing the powers under the Housing Act.

PROPERTYMARK RESOURCES

ARLA Propertymark has a range of resources available to members in order to arm them with knowledge and help them comply.

Resources include:

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  • Tenant Fees Toolkit
  • AST agreements
  • Digital leaflets

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