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GE2019 - Party pledges and Propertymark

10 December 2019

Before the political parties finalised their manifestoes for the General Election on 12 December, Propertymark published its own ‘manifesto’ calling on the new Government to regulate and reform the housing sector. How do the major parties’ manifestoes meet Propertymark’s calls on the issues the property industry faces? Read More...

Propertymark and TDS matrix aims to simplify Tenant Fees Ban

10 December 2019

ARLA Propertymark and Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) have created a matrix for landlords and agents to help explain the differences between the Tenant Fees Act 2019 in England and the Renting Homes (Fees Etc.) (Wales) Act 2019, which came into force in Wales in September. Read More...

Changes to Holding Deposit Laws follows Propertymark meeting with Welsh Minister

09 December 2019

On 4 December, David Cox, Chief Executive, ARLA Propertymark and Board Member for Wales, Angela Davey, met with the Welsh Housing Minister, Julie James AM, to explain the massive difficulties agents face when Governments give the industry very little notice of changes in legislation. The Minister has now extended the date the Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Specified Information) (Wales) Regulations 2019 will come into force to 28 February 2020. Read More...

Agents given false documents and identities by members of drug ring

05 December 2019

Four men who headed up a drug ring property plot saw ordinary homes turned into illegal cannabis farms after providing false documents and identities to rent out the houses. Read More...

Rent costs hit record high - 2019 trends

04 December 2019

Propertymark has analysed its lettings and sales data to reveal trends from the year. The private rented sector has seen sharp rent increases due to the tenant fees ban, an outflow of landlords from the market, and Brexit uncertainty. Read More...

Tenant Fees enforcement toolkit rolled out

Friday 27 September 2019

The National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team (NTSELAT), has rolled out an enforcement toolkit to trading standards officers across the UK in order to help crack down on non-compliance.

An estimated 20 per cent of letting agents are still not signed up to a Client Money Protection scheme despite it being made a legal requirement in April.

NTSELAT is working with local authorities and the six approved CMP providers to spot those who have not signed up as well as those not displaying their chosen scheme by providing a step-by-step guide to the legalities and requirements of regulating letting agents.

Trading Standards Officers have the enforcement to impose fines of up to £5,000 for any firm that fails to display this information.

James Munro, Head of NTSELAT, said: “We act as the lead enforcement authority for the Tenant Fees Act.

“The team is working with the approved CMP schemes and local authorities to ensure that agents who are required to belong to a scheme are correctly registered with one of the six approved schemes.

“We have arrangements with local authorities to refer cases for enforcement, and a backstop arrangement where we will take action in cases where a local authority cannot.

“With the support of the schemes, we are also proactively monitoring websites to ensure agents are clearly displaying their membership.”

Client Money Protection

By becoming an ARLA Propertymark member not only will you receive guidance throughout every step of change in the industry and be recognised for your professionalism, but you’ll receive Client Money Protection as part of your membership bundle – as well as many more perks.

If you just require Client Money Protection visit the Money Shield website

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Propertymark resources

ARLA Propertymark members can access a range of resources in order to help them comply with industry changes and obligations under legislative changes.

Resources include:

  • Fact sheets including:
    - Client Money Protection
    - Tenant Fees Act (10 fact sheets)
    - Consumer Rights Act 2015 Displaying Fees
  • Tenant Fees Toolkit including:
    - 10 Practical Tips
    - Tenant Guide
    - Fact Sheets
    - TDS Deposit Cap Solution
    - Government Guidance
    - Case study from Scotland

To access your numerous member benefits login to the ARLA Propertymark website.

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