Universal Credit pilot to launch

Wednesday 24 July 2019

Today (24 July 2019), regulations will come into force to enable the delivery of a Universal Credit migration pilot based in Harrogate.

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Redress scheme warning for estate and letting agents

Wednesday 24 July 2019

Following a recent tribunal where an agency was not signed up to a redress scheme for its property management work, only its letting agency work, all estate and letting agents are being urged to check they are signed up with an approved redress scheme that covers the full remit of their work.

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The Vouch difference

Tuesday 23 July 2019

The Vouch system, custom designed to make the tenant application process more efficient, making a difference to agents.

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Consultation on Database of rogue landlords and property agents

Sunday 21 July 2019

The UK Government has launched a consultation on the Database of rogue landlords and property agents. The database was introduced in April 2018 under the Housing and Planning Act 2016 as a tool for local housing authorities in England to keep track of rogue landlords and property agents.

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Consultation launched on Tenancy Reform in England

Sunday 21 July 2019

As Prime Minister Theresa May leaves office the UK Government has launched a 12-week consultation on Tenancy Reform in England, setting out greater detail about what the Government envisage change will look like.

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Regulation of Property Agents Working Group (R0PA) report to Government

Thursday 18 July 2019

Today, Thursday 18 July 2019, the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) released a report on the recommendations of the Regulation of Property Agents Working Group (RoPA) proposing a new regulatory framework to cover estate agents across the UK and letting and managing agents in England only.

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More needs to be done to improve Universal Credit

Wednesday 17 July 2019

At recent Government meetings about Universal Credit, ARLA Propertymark highlighted that the continued cap in Local Housing Allowance is having a significant impact on its recipients’ ability to obtain good quality and well managed accommodation.

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Past winners success – Propertymark Qualifications Awards

Tuesday 16 July 2019

Nominations are in full swing for the 2019 awards and Propertymark spoke to last year’s winners to hear what they’ve achieved since receiving their much-coveted award.

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Welsh Government launch consultation on no-fault evictions

Thursday 11 July 2019

Julie James AM, Minister for Housing and Local Government has launched a consultation asking for views on proposals that include extending the minimum notice period applicable to a section 173 notice from two to six months.

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HHSRS assessment to be updated and improved

Thursday 11 July 2019

The UK Government has today announced that an overhaul of the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) in England will begin later in the year.

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Propertymark responds to default fees consultation

Monday 08 July 2019

The Welsh Government is currently consulting on what should be allowed as a default fee and what information tenants should be provided with before paying a holding deposit under the incoming fee ban.

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Hitting everyone where it hurts

Monday 08 July 2019

If you are in the property industry it cannot have escaped you that the Tenant Fees Act 2019 has recently come into force, permitting letting agents and landlords to only charge fees relating to rent, security deposits, holding deposits or when a contract is breached by a tenant.

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Concerns over recent announcement on consultation to extend landlords notice period

Thursday 04 July 2019

ARLA Propertymark is warning the Welsh Government about the impact of proposed changes after Julie James AM, the Minister for Housing and Local Government has announced she will be launching a consultation about extending the minimum notice period that landlords are required to give under the Renting Homes Act from two months to six months.

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Scottish Letting Agent Registration figures update

Monday 01 July 2019

The number of letting agents in Scotland who have now been issued with a Letting Agent Registration Number (LARN) now stands at 687 from the 938 applications received by the Scottish Government.

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