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PROPERTYMARK QUALIFICATION AWARDS – WINNERS ANNOUNCED


On 23rd October, Propertymark Qualifications held its annual awards ceremony in the House of Lords, recognising achievement and celebrating success in learning and development across the property industry. Hosted by Lord Best OBE DL, who chaired the Regulation of Property Agents Working Group (RoPA), the ceremony highlighted the achievements of learners and support given by employers….

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Section 21 Abolition


How will it affect you as an agent or landlord? In the short term little will change because the government understand that whilst they might want to champion the abolition, several other significant subjects have to be addressed and amended first. The two key issues are the sorting out of the court systems and the…

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Consultation surveys

Consultations


Agents and Landlords, The current plethora of consultations (industry opinions surveys), while at first confusing, is a call to arms to save our current business model as we know it. The consultation response is a numbers game and the more responses we have then greater the chance of avoiding or at least amending the government`s…

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ARLA Propertymarks’s Tips on Surviving a House Share


TOP TIPS ON SURVIVING A HOUSE SHARE Phil Keddie, President, ARLA Propertymark, said: “With rents at an all time high, more and more people are living in shared accommodation for longer than expected. Living in a house share, be it with your best friends or complete strangers, shouldn’t have to be a negative experience, and can…

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ARLA Propertymark responds to John McDonnell’s speech on his intention to introduce rent caps at the Labour Party Conference 2019


David Cox, Chief Executive, ARLA Propertymark responds to John McDonnell’s speech on his intention to introduce rent caps at the Labour Party Conference 2019: “Rent controls do not work; it hits hardest those it’s designed to help the most. The last time rent controls existed in this country, the private rented sector (PRS) shrunk to…

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ARLA Propertymark responds to the Liberal Democrats motion to scrap Section 21 ‘No Fault Evictions’


David Cox, Chief Executive, ARLA Propertymark responds to the Liberal Democrats motion to scrap Section 21 ‘No Fault Evictions’: “Today’s vote at the Liberal Democrat Conference is another attack on the private rental sector and landlords operating within it. The effects of the tenant fees ban have not yet been felt, and yet more proposed…

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ARLA Propertymark comments on Friday’s figures from London Trading Standards (LTS) on rogue letting agents


David Cox, Chief Executive of ARLA Propertymark comments on Friday’s figures from London Trading Standards (LTS) on rogue letting agents: “We’re really pleased to see Trading Standards prosecuting bad practice in the industry; it’s the only way to clean up the sector and we’ve been calling for it for a long time. People should remember…

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Section 21 Concerns


It is worrying that the media is highlighting so many landlords who are obviously very concerned about the future removal of the Section 21 notice as a no fault eviction. This worry is self perpetuating and is causing a lot of unnecessary tension in an already over burdened rental market, leading to an exodus of…

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Are your Properties Energy Efficient?


Are your properties energy efficient?  From April 2020, all properties need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) of E or upwards or be able to show a valid exemption certificate. Failure to provide one or the other will result in the property being illegal to let out. The problem for landlords is that these measures are…

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Home Security – Do you need it?


Home Security – Do you need it?  When it comes to access and security, it is essential that the right doors, windows and locks are fitted, both from the insurance of the property but also the safety and security of the tenants. Having alarms, cameras and CCTV can quite often have the adverse affect that…

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TENANTS SUFFER AS RENTS SOAR DUE TO TENANT FEES BAN


Rent prices rise to highest on record in June Demand from prospective renters rose last month The number of properties under management fell ARLA Propertymark issues June PRS report ARLA Propertymark has issued its June Private Rented Sector (PRS) Report.1 Rent prices The number of tenants experiencing rent rises increased to the highest figure on…

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ARLA and NAEA Propertymark comment on the appointment of Esther McVey as Housing Minister


David Cox, Chief Executive, ARLA Propertymark, and Mark Hayward, Chief Executive, NAEA Propertymark comment on the appointment of Esther McVey as Housing Minister: “We welcome Esther McVey as the new Housing Minister. We hope that she is able to bring some continuity to this post as we are now on the fifth Housing Minister in…

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