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12 Jul 2024

Simplify management of Legionella assessments in-house

KPR offers a LRA report within their inspection and repairs software to record the test results and help fulfil the owner’s legal obligations, as well as generating an additional income source for managing agents by allowing them to conduct this assessment as part of their service. The software is simple and convenient to use, with pre-set template questions ensuring nothing is overlooked. KPR also supply a full Legionella test kit, allowing anyone in the agency can conduct the report, and presents the result as a clear and professional report.

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12 Jul 2024
Simplify management of Legionella assessments in-house

KPR offers a LRA report within their inspection and repairs software to record the test results and help fulfil the owner’s legal obligations, as well as generating an additional income source for managing agents by allowing them to conduct this assessment as part of their service. The software is simple and convenient to use, with pre-set template questions ensuring nothing is overlooked. KPR also supply a full Legionella test kit, allowing anyone in the agency can conduct the report, and presents the result as a clear and professional report.

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11 Jul 2024
Defective Premises Bill will mirror Building Safety Act

Legislation to give homeowners in Northern Ireland the same protections against poorly constructed and maintained buildings as those in England and Wales has passed its final stage in the Assembly just four months after introduction. The terms of the Bill will take effect immediately once it has been given Royal Assent.

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10 Jul 2024
Five property Bills included in First Minister's legislative plan

Rt Hon Vaughan Gething, MS, has set out his priorities for the rest of this Senedd term, with building safety, homelessness, visitor accommodation, and planning all forming part of the programme. Radical and transformative change which matters most in people’s lives is what the Welsh Government will be concentrating on, and the First Minister is looking forward to a renewed, genuine partnership with the new UK Government to unlock opportunities across Wales.

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09 Jul 2024
Westminster encourages local councils to take on more powers

In a roundtable meeting with all the regional mayors in England, the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister have discussed how to scale up devolution and give regional governments greater control over unlocking economic growth, powered by housebuilding, in their areas. Local Growth Plans were also on the agenda, and the mayors were tasked to identify local specialisms and contribute to a national industrial strategy.

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08 Jul 2024
Chancellor: House building is the foundation for economic growth

The Rt Hon Rachel Reeves made her first speech as Chancellor of the Exchequer today, 8 July 2024, emphasising three key policy pillars of stability, investment, and reform. Watched from the front row by Housing Minister Matthew Pennycook and Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero Ed Miliband, she began to elaborate on Labour’s manifesto commitments on planning by announcing an immediate review of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), a task force to unblock stalled developments, and making clear that Ministers will take an interventionist approach to get Britain building.

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05 Jul 2024
The new government must address the country's housing crisis promptly

The UK General Election has returned the Labour Party to power with a parliamentary landslide, ending 14 years of Conservative government. Aiming to channel the spirit of Clement Attlee with a proactive and strategic approach to housing, the party campaigned on a manifesto that promised significant changes to planning rules, strict targets for delivery of new homes, reform of the private rented sector (PRS), long-term schemes to help young people onto the housing ladder, and local powers for councils to take over empty commercial premises.

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03 Jul 2024
Updates to licensing give short-term lets more flexibility

Following the introduction of a licensing scheme in October 2022, the Scottish Government has been monitoring the impact of the legislation on consumers and the sector. Engagement with accommodation operators has resulted in improvements which allow the transfer of licences, more exemptions, and provisional licences for new properties. MSPs approved these measures on 26 June 2024.

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02 Jul 2024
Housing Insight Report: May 2024

While both sectors remain resilient, there is much that the next government can do to support buyers, renters such as improving the home buying/renting process and professionalisation of the sector via the regulation of agents. More broadly there is a need for a review of property taxes to make changes which stimulate supply and demand.

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28 Jun 2024
Stunning Fort sales highlight thriving auction market

The sale of two historic sea island forts, each auctioned for significantly more than their initial asking prices, demonstrates that sale by auction is becoming increasingly popular for all kinds of property.

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28 Jun 2024
Elected Board members and division Vice-Presidents announced

At the Propertymark AGM today, 28 June 2024, we welcomed three newly elected members of the Propertymark Board and marked the beginning of fresh Presidential terms for the ARLA Propertymark and NAEA Propertymark Advisory Panels. This year's successful Vice-Presidents were also announced and will join the presidential teams for the sales and lettings divisions.

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27 Jun 2024
Agents are not alone in the fight against ASB

A Propertymark webinar on 21 June 2024 gave practical advice on how agents can effectively handle anti-social behaviour (ASB) by or affecting a tenant, where to access support, and how to prepare for an eviction hearing.

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21 Jun 2024
Ombudsman raises concerns about rise in conditional selling

In its 2023 Annual Review, The Property Ombudsman (TPO) reported that it resolved 1,663 sales disputes last year, with the main concerns arising from instructions and fees, the under-offer period, and marketing and advertising. Issues of conditional selling and buyer reservation fees were highlighted as key concerns.

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