84% of PRS tenants happy with their accommodation

Wednesday 18 July 2018

The latest English Housing Survey, published by the Government, shows that one in five people in England now live in the private rented sector, a figure that has dramatically increased since the survey's current format was introduced back in 1996/97.

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Welsh Minister expresses concerns over Universal Credit

Wednesday 18 July 2018

Housing and Regeneration Minister at the Welsh Assembly, Rebecca Evans AM has written to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Esther McVey, with concerns surrounding the impact Universal Credit (UC) is having on some of Wales’ most vulnerable people.

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Priorities and opportunities for the PRS in Greater Manchester discussed

Tuesday 17 July 2018

Earlier in the month, ARLA Propertymark attended a seminar hosted by the Greater Manchester Authority on local priorities and opportunities for the Private Rented Sector in the City region. Also, in attendance were representatives from industry bodies, housing providers, local authorities and Shelter.

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Keeping on top of Carbon Monoxide safety in Scotland

Tuesday 17 July 2018

A report by Which? has revealed that an alarming number of agents in Scotland may be neglecting to mention carbon monoxide detectors during viewings.

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Client accounting - what, when, how and who

Tuesday 17 July 2018

As a principle, partner or director enthusiasm and good software are not the only requirements when it comes to you operating a successful lettings business. With constant changes in landlord and tenant legislation, amendments to rules and regulations regarding the handling and protection of client money, keeping up with the workload can prove difficult.

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Rent Pressure Zones in Scotland: Will we see one soon?

Monday 16 July 2018

Rent Pressure Zones (RPZs) created a stir amongst the Private Rented Sector when they were first announced as part of the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016, with local authorities across the nation keen to investigate what this meant to them and whether it was the right thing to introduce to their area.

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What are Labour's Healthy Homes proposals?

Tuesday 10 July 2018

On the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service, the Labour Party announced plans to marry health with housing, in the form of ‘Healthy Home Zones’.

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Connected and Autonomous Vehicles - what could the future hold?

Monday 09 July 2018

Previously considered to be the territory of science fiction, the development of fully autonomous vehicles is progressing rapidly and with £109 million of funding invested by the Government for research, Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) could be on the road sooner than you expect.

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Tower Hamlets Council leads the way for enforcement against rogues

Monday 09 July 2018

Tower Hamlets have shown that they are a council that means business, by getting tough on the rogue landlords and letting agents who blight the reputation of the industry and make tenants' lives a misery by not adhering to laws that are in place to protect private renters.

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ARLA Propertymark launches licensing database for members

Monday 09 July 2018

ARLA Propertymark is today launching a new database in partnership with GetRentr, a technology platform which automatically monitors property portfolios for compliance with all UK property licensing schemes.

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Universal Credit update

Friday 06 July 2018

The Department for Work and Pensions has informed us of some updates to various aspects of Universal Credit. Included are: Managed Payment to Landlords, Universal Credit for couples and Work Allowance rate changes.

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Government response to Housing Committee report gives insight into future changes

Friday 06 July 2018

On 3 July 2018, the UK Government released their response to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee inquiry report into the role of local authorities in the private rented sector.

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Will three-year tenancies become the norm?

Thursday 05 July 2018

On 2 July 2018 the UK Government launched a consultation inviting views and comments on the benefits and barriers of landlords offering longer tenancies in England.

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We give evidence to Welsh Assembly on fees bill

Thursday 05 July 2018

On 5 July, ARLA Propertymark Chief Executive, David Cox presented evidence to the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee, about the Welsh Government’s plans to ban letting agent fees through the Renting Homes (Fees Etc.) (Wales) Bill.

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