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Congratulations!


Huge congratulations to our Lead Consultant Phil Keddie on his appointment as President of ARLA Propertymark. Great AGM at St Martin’s Lane Hotel, with inaugural speeches from presidents of ARLA and NAEA. So the year begins!

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PRESS RELEASE Tenant Fees Act comes into effect tomorrow


David Cox, Chief Executive, ARLA Propertymark comments on the upcoming Tenant Fees Act, coming into effect tomorrow, 1st June 2019: “The Tenant Fees Act comes into force tomorrow, and agents should already have implemented the correct changes within their business in order to be compliant with the law. Members should refer to our Tenant Fees…

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PRESS RELEASE Tenant Fees Ban


David Cox, Chief Executive, ARLA Propertymark comments on the upcoming Tenant Fees Ban, coming into effect on the 1st June 2019: “Tomorrow marks the four-week countdown to when the Tenant Fees Act comes into effect and the industry must face the realisation of preparing for a post-tenant fees world. With no time to waste, agents…

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PRESS RELEASE


David Cox, Chief Executive, ARLA Propertymark comments on Which?’s findings that agents could be breaching consumer law with unfair practices: “There is currently no legal requirement in England or Wales to have a tenancy agreement, and as legal statute overrides contract, any unreasonable terms in a contract would be unenforceable in a court of law….

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Can you really self manage?


  A simple question with many and various answers. Self managing is not for everyone as you need to be very hands on and constantly aware of the changes to regulations! There are 4 distinct benefits to managing your own property/portfolio: You are in charge of your costs, especially any agents fees. You are in…

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Local Authorities gain more Information Access


The Housing and Planning Act which received Royal Assent last month gives new powers to local housing authorities to access data held by the tenancy deposit schemes in England. The Government has yet to determine the extent of the information that local housing authorities will be able to access. However, the new law mimics arrangements…

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Can I withhold rent for disrepair in my property?


Many tenants feel that it is within their rights to withhold their rent when the landlord is failing to carry out repairs to their property. Naturally, the tenant will feel aggrieved that they have to continue paying the full amount of rent for a property that is in disrepair. In many cases this leads to…

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Social Media – Is it making it easier to Let Privately?


In this ever tightening rental market, it is understandable that landlords are looking at cutting their costs wherever they feel possible. One seemingly simple cost to remove is the agent, to then let their properties privately using social media. When considering this option, landlords need to consider the vast array of legal and compliance issues…

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Specialist Housing Courts – A Swifter process for Landlords to gain possession?


Over the last few years, the length of time for Landlords to get a possession case to court and to obtain the order have grown, such that many face months of delays in getting to a full trial – and resolution can take up to 12 months. Last minute cancellations can also be a costly…

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CPRs (Consumer Protection Regulations) – What are they?


The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 (known as the CPRs) control descriptions used by estate agents, letting agents and can cover some private landlords; many of whom are equally guilty of not understanding the extent of them, or worse, blatantly ignoring them. They create criminal offences for traders that breach them. The Regulations…

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Property Risk Assessments – Do I need to?


The obvious answer is yes, in order to understand the problems and issues a property may have, as well as how they could affect a future tenancy or contractor doing maintenance. We are all aware of HHSRS, Fire, Electric, Legionella and Asbestos risk assessments; but a Pre-Marketing assessment? A case brought by the HSE against…

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Land Registry – what information does it hold?


With fraud a growing issue in the property market, it is advisable to always check both the validity of title and if there are any rights the property has and any charges against the property. The Land Registry holds a wealth of relevant information that split into 3 groups: Property Register – description of the…

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