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

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. Read More...

More needs to be done to improve Universal Credit

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. Read More...

Court case serves as stark reminder to agents on Section 21

Monday 05 March 2018

Robert Bolwell, Partner and Head of Landlord and Tenant at Dutton Gregory, the ARLA Legal Helpline provider, has highlighted a recent County Court decision in relation to Section 21.

The decision highlights potential problems for agents who failed to serve the correct paperwork before a tenancy started and need to issue a Section 21 notice to regain possession.

While the decision of the County Court is not binding on other parts of the judicial system, it does serve to remind agents managing properties in England of the importance of serving tenants with deposit registration details, an EPC certificate, the latest version of the MHCLG How to Rent guide, any relevant licences and a gas safety certificate where appropriate, prior to occupation.

Agents’ processes may also benefit from using LetFlo to support and streamline their administration and compliance. 

Read Robert Bolwell’s advice here

Members should ensure that they are reading their ARLA Propertymark fortnightly newsletter (and get in touch if they are not receiving it) and book a place on the next regional meeting for any further developments in relation to the case.