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Winter weather precautions

20 January 2021

Propertymark Industry Supplier, Gallagher offers practical steps that can help agents and their clients reduce the risk of damage to property as areas of the nation are set to see further warnings of more inclement weather to come. Damage caused by the escape of water from frozen pipes and other equipment can be extremely costly in repairs and disruption. Read More...

Concerns raised over new energy efficiency proposals

20 January 2021

Propertymark has responded to the UK Government’s consultation on Improving the Energy Performance of Privately Rented Homes in England and Wales by highlighting a number of concerns. These relate to affordability and the need to look beyond a one-size fits all policy and develop proposals that work with the different age, condition, and size of properties in the private rented sector. Read More...

Change smoke and carbon rules for earlier checks

19 January 2021

Propertymark has responded to the UK Government’s consultation on extending the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Regulations in England, arguing that the rules should be amended so that landlords and agents must make sure the alarms are tested prior to the start of the tenancy and not on the first day of each new tenancy. Read More...

Mayor of London calls for a two-year freeze on private rents

Wednesday 16 September 2020

Today, 16 September, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, wrote to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick, calling the Government to give him the powers to freeze private rents as the economic fallout from COVID-19 continues.

The proposal is for an emergency measure to protect renters meaning that rents would not be allowed to rise, both between and within tenancies. The mayor has stated an intention to seek an option to extend the two-year freeze if the economic outlook does not improve for renters.

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Propertymark believes that the Government has provided significant protection to tenants through the stay on evictions and the job retention scheme, whilst landlords have fallen outside any Government support. As the economy struggles to recover in this period, it is important to be proportionate to all involved in the sector.

A property maintenance and rent control paper, published November 2019, showed results from a Propertymark survey of its members, with 95 per cent stating they were not in favour of the introduction of rent controls. Agents in London responded the same as agents across the rest of the UK.

Whilst some landlords thought the level of impact would depend on the nature of the controls and the levels of any caps enforced, others predict a mass exodus of landlords and letting agencies from the private rented sector as evidenced by past examples of rent controls in this country.

Coupled with a reduction in stock and choice in the private rented sector it would drive those looking to rent towards rogue landlords and unregulated short term let providers.

Maintenance and Rent Controls paper

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It is vital that the current situation is not worsened through any measures on landlords as a kneejerk reaction to the conditions created by Coronavirus. The vast majority of landlords are supporting good tenants to stay in their properties but a mandatory rent freeze would serve to deter investment in the private rented sector at exactly the time when more is being asked of landlords.

Timothy Douglas

Timothy Douglas
ARLA Propertymark Policy and Campaigns Manager