Gas Safety Superheroes

Thursday 19 September 2019

Propertymark advocates for only the highest standards in the property industry, and this week during Gas Safety Week, we want to highlight the impacts of not doing the proper checks on your properties.

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Agencies expelled from TPO

Thursday 19 September 2019

Shoreditch based estate agent Chase & Co UK Ltd, (trading as Chase & Co UK) and Isle of Dogs based estate agent, Property 24/7 have been expelled from The Property Ombudsman (TPO).

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Landlord hit with over £500k fine after illegally converting property

Wednesday 18 September 2019

A London landlord has been hit with fine of over £500,000 after illegally dividing his property into eight small flats.

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Rogue agents fined over £1.2m

Wednesday 18 September 2019

Figures from the London Trading Standards (LTS) show rogue letting agents have been fined over £1.2m for breaking the law, either by not displaying fees and charges or for not being members of a redress scheme.

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Lib Dems to scrap Section 21

Wednesday 18 September 2019

The Liberal Democrats have passed a motion which will scrap Section 21 'No Fault Evictions' in the private rented sector if they come to power at the next general election.

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Have your say on Section 21

Friday 13 September 2019

ARLA Propertymark is encouraging all letting agents to respond to the UK Government’s consultation on ‘A new deal for renting: resetting the balance of rights and responsibilities between landlords and tenants.’

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Launch of #GSW2019

Thursday 12 September 2019

Gas Safety Week 2019 was launched this week at the House of Commons. The event went ahead despite a prorogued parliament with attendees picking their way through protests and disruption part way through the event due to amplified heckling from Westminster Bridge.

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Government consultation on fire safety

Wednesday 11 September 2019

The UK Government has announced proposals for sprinklers to be installed in new high-rise blocks of flats by opening a consultation to seek views on the changes to fire safety regulations.

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Propertymark members can now connect to big benefits

Wednesday 11 September 2019

Propertymark has joined forces with BHSF Connect to bring Propertymark members even bigger benefits at the touch of a button with a new app, bringing membership resources and benefits directly to your phone.

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Propertymark supports Gas Safety Week 2019

Wednesday 11 September 2019

Propertymark has pledged its support for Gas Safety Week, taking place 16 -22 September 2019, and will be raising awareness about the importance of gas safety to its members and the public.

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Right to Rent – How to plan for 1 November and beyond

Wednesday 11 September 2019

As we get closer to 31 October, the date when the UK is scheduled to leave the EU, letting agents need to know what compliance with Right to Rent checks on EU, EEA and Swiss nationals will look like.

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Decision looming for longer minimum tenancies?

Tuesday 10 September 2019

Housing Minister, Esther McVey gave a statement that alluded to the Government deciding as soon as next month on whether to introduce a longer minimum period as part of reforms to Assured Shorthand Tenancy (AST) regime.

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Twenty-something agents – why now is the perfect time for ARLA Propertymark Membership

Tuesday 10 September 2019

Angharad Trueman, ARLA Propertymark Representative for the Gloucestershire, Bristol, Bath and North Somerset and an ARLA Propertymark member since her twenties, highlights the benefits of membership and why being a member is something younger agents should work towards.

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Tenancy deposit reform consultation response

Monday 09 September 2019

ARLA Propertymark has responded to the UK Government’s consultation on tenancy deposit reform which called for evidence on the barriers that tenants face when providing a second deposit and asked for views on innovative approaches to help tenants move more easily.

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ARLA Propertymark responds to Rogue Landlord Database Reform Consultation

Friday 06 September 2019

ARLA Propertymark has responded to the UK Governments consultation which seeks views on widening access and considering the scope of the database of rogue landlords and property agents.

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Landlord without HMO rents to 11 EU migrant workers

Thursday 05 September 2019

An Evesham landlord has been ordered to pay £14,500 after he was found to be illegally renting his property out to 11 EU migrant workers.

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Be aware of online fraud

Wednesday 04 September 2019

Recent government research found that a third of businesses reported having cyber security breaches or attacks in the last 12 months. As the Propertymark industry supplier for insurance, Gallagher want to raise awareness of some of the most common types of online fraud, what to look out for, and to reduce the risk to your business.

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HMO landlord hit with £2k fine

Wednesday 04 September 2019

Birmingham City Council has taken action against a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) landlord in the Small Heath area in its first civil penalty case.

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Landlords charge higher rents to pet owners to recoup losses

Wednesday 04 September 2019

The ban on tenant fees in England has pushed landlords to charge those with pets in rented accommodation additional rent, in order to recoup the money lost by cutting out other fees.

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Landlords would be hit with a Labour Government

Tuesday 03 September 2019

Research made by the Financial Times concluded that the UK’s 2.6m landlords would face a moment of reckoning if Labour won the next general election after Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said he wanted a “right to buy” scheme for private tenants as well as higher taxes on landlords.

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Changes to Right to Rent to ease queues at borders

Monday 02 September 2019

ARLA Propertymark has met with the Home Office about Right to Rent in the context of three areas of concern.

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