New HMO Licensing Scheme in Northern Ireland from 1 April

Friday 29 March 2019

On 1 April 2019, the Houses in Multiple Occupation Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 comes into force and landlords must have a valid licence for each HMO they own.

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Updates made to landlords Universal Credit guide

Friday 29 March 2019

The Government has recently updated the Universal Credit and Renting Housing Guide for landlords, as well as a more detailed guide on Alternative Payment Arrangements.

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Labour set to introduce indefinite tenancies

Thursday 28 March 2019

The plan, announced by the Shadow Housing Secretary, John Healey, would seek to protect tenants from arbitrary eviction without having to give a reason. They would oblige private landlords to offer tenancies of indefinite length, which is based on the German system.

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The number of landlords selling up climbs in the capital

Thursday 28 March 2019

The number of London landlords exiting the market in February, was 125 per cent higher than the national average according to a recent survey of our members.

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Welsh Tenant Fees Ban passes through the Welsh Assembly

Thursday 28 March 2019

Following its passage in the Senedd last week, on 27 March 2019 the Renting Homes (Fees etc) (Wales) Bill passed its final hurdle (Stage 4) in the Welsh Assembly. There were 42 for, no abstentions and one against.

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How loyal are your landlords?

Wednesday 27 March 2019

It's a question we, at Vouch, thought long and hard about and worried about (as it turned out unduly) for several months. We are going to need to replace circa 100k of lost income post 1 June and could we really push already stretched landlords even further?

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The Renting Homes (Fees etc) (Wales) Bill is now closer to becoming law

Wednesday 20 March 2019

On 19 March 2019, the legislation that will ban most fees to tenants in Wales passed Stage 3 of legislative proceedings in the Welsh Assembly.

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ARLA Propertymark submits evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Social Security Committee

Tuesday 19 March 2019

The Committee sought views on its inquiry into Social Security support for Housing in Scotland.

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Homes Act comes into force on 20 March 2019

Tuesday 19 March 2019

The Home (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 finished its parliamentary journey in December 2018. From tomorrow all social and private landlords, including letting agents, in England will be required to comply.

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Continue to carry out Right to Rent checks

Monday 18 March 2019

In a letter from Rt Hon Caroline Nokes MP, Minister of State for Immigration, to ARLA Propertymark dated 15 March 2019 the Government has confirmed that there are no immediate changes to the operation of the Right to Rent policy and landlords and letting agents are still obliged to conduct checks as required in legislation.

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Rent protection for 2019

Thursday 14 March 2019

This year is no doubt likely to be challenging for many agents. So, we caught up with Propertymark Industry Supplier, Tenant Shop, to talk about how they can help you through the next 12 months.

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2019 Propertymark Scottish National Conference - informative and educational

Thursday 14 March 2019

With the threat of hurricane Gareth looming, it didn’t put off the hardy Scottish estate and lettings agents from ascending to Glasgow on 13 March for a programme filled with heavy legislation issues mixed with a touch of light-hearted tips and information.

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Why staff training is key to PropTech success

Tuesday 12 March 2019

When you recruit a new member of staff, training should always be a priority. So we spoke to Neil Cobbold, who is Chief Operating Officer of PayProp UK, to discuss why investing in staff training is important for the future.

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Labour calls for indefinite tenancies

Tuesday 12 March 2019

Labour’s Shadow Housing Secretary John Healey MP has pledged that the next Labour Government will protect private renters in England from eviction, by introducing new ‘indefinite’ tenancies.

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Government Releases Homes Act Guidance

Friday 08 March 2019

The UK Government has published operating guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities on how to comply with the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018.

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Changes to Glasgow HMO Licences

Friday 08 March 2019

All new and renewed HMO licences for properties within Glasgow City Council’s boundaries are now subject to the new conditions of licensing.

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Government responds to High Court ruling on Right to Rent

Wednesday 06 March 2019

The Minister of State for Immigration, Caroline Nokes MP, issued a written statement on the Right to Rent Scheme yesterday (5 March).

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West Country council introduces property agent grading system

Monday 04 March 2019

Teignbridge council in Devon has launched a grading system, offering a recognised stamp of approval to help landlords and tenants easily identify trusted agents.

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Are you Fitness for Human Habitation ready?

Monday 04 March 2019

Fitness for Human Habitation, or FFHH for short, is undeniably the latest buzz word, but how much do you know about the Act and its implications?

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Become technology experts to drive business success

Friday 01 March 2019

There is a clear relationship between job type and IT knowledge, says Propertymark Industry Supplier Reapit, based on what they have seen of the thousands of managers, negotiators and administrators they train annually.

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Scottish Letting Agent Registration figures released

Friday 01 March 2019

The Scottish Government have confirmed 367 agents have had their applications approved and have now been issued with a Letting Agent Registration Number (LARN). This is on a total of only 889 applications received to date.

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High Court Ruling on Right to Rent scheme

Friday 01 March 2019

On 1 March, the High Court delivered their ruling on the Right to Rent case brought by a group including Joint Council for Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) and Residential Landlords Association. The case argued that the Right to Rent scheme is leading to discrimination and that the evaluation carried out has been insufficient.

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