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01 Mar 2024

Public trust is vital for adoption of digital identity services

The Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT) has published findings following a public dialogue, with simplicity, keeping control of personal data and robust complaints procedures emerging as key issues for digital identity services.

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01 Mar 2024
Public trust is vital for adoption of digital identity services

The Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT) has published findings following a public dialogue, with simplicity, keeping control of personal data and robust complaints procedures emerging as key issues for digital identity services.

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01 Mar 2024
Ground rent ban still missing from Leasehold Reform Bill

Concerns were raised about the absence of central elements of the promised reforms when the Bill was first introduced to Parliament in November 2023. The UK Government said it would bring in amendments as it made its way through the Parliamentary process, but whilst a ban on new leasehold houses is now added, Housing Minister Lee Rowley, MP, stated restrictions on ground rent are still being considered.

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30 Nov 2023
Full Material Information guidance published

The National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team (NTSELAT) has released comprehensive new guidelines covering all three phases of the programme, which aims to improve and standardise disclosures in property listings, helping agents to meet their legal obligations.

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28 Feb 2024
Housing Insight Report: January 2024

The new year has arrived and those who had delayed moving at the end of last year have returned to the market on mass. However, there has been little change in the economic environment that households must contend with. Interest rates are stable but are higher than those seeking mortgages or re-mortgages would prefer and inflation remains some way off UK Government targets.

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28 Feb 2024
MPs pushing for greater landlord protections in Renters (Reform) Bill

A series of draft amendments from Conservative backbench MPs reflect fears that the Bill will cause landlords to sell up, reducing the number of rental properties available. The proposals include making it a legal requirement that an impact assessment on the courts must be published by the Justice Secretary before a ban on no-fault evictions could be implemented.

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26 Feb 2024
Fundamental interventions needed to correct housebuilding

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published a report on housebuilding and found the dominance of speculative private development paired with complex, unpredictable planning rules is the major cause of the long-term shortfall of new homes in the UK.

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26 Feb 2024
HMRC remind agents to keep email contacts updated

Email and secure messaging are HMRC’s main means of contacting agents about their AML supervision. They provide regular updates and alerts to support compliance with the Money Laundering Regulations and notifications if an account requires action or needs to be reviewed, so it is crucial that contact email addresses are kept up to date.

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23 Feb 2024
Damp and mould remain a major issue for the housing sector

The UK Government is currently consulting on the implementation of Awaab’s Law, which was passed in response to the tragic death of two-year-old Awaab Ishak in December 2020 from exposure to serious mould in his parents’ social rented home.

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22 Feb 2024
Warning against disreputable spray foam installers

Homeowners are surrounded by messages about the urgency of taking green measures in their properties, and insulation should be a high priority. However, mortgage lenders are increasingly taking a zero-tolerance approach to spray foam insulation and are declining applications.

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21 Feb 2024
Fairness is vital for success of Building Safety Levy

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) carried out a first consultation on the implementation of the levy which closed on 7 February 2023. The current technical consultation concentrates on the methodology for levy calculation, the collection process, disputes and appeals and further exemptions.

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18 Jan 2024
Shadow minister and leasehold leader echo Propertymark call for agent regulation

Matthew Pennycook, MP, has put forward an amendment which would lead to implementation of the Regulation of Property Agents working group report within 24 months of the Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill becoming law, whilst Martin Boyd, Chair of the Leasehold Advisory Service, lent his full support to the statutory regulation of agents, stating that it is ‘simply wrong’ that there are no qualification requirements for private sector property managers.

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19 Feb 2024
Councils to wield greater powers over short-term lets

A mandatory national register and a requirement for planning permission will give local authorities in England the ability to measure the impact of holiday lets in their area and to restrict the proliferation of new lets to protect access to permanent housing for local people.

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