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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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21 Jun 2024
Rent Smart Wales has more potential to elevate standards

In response to the Welsh Government’s call for evidence, Propertymark has shared members’ views on the impact of the legislation on their operations and business practices. We recognise that Rent Smart Wales (RSW) has achieved some progress in regulating and improving the private rental sector (PRS) and have made specific recommendations for how the Senedd can build on this going forward.

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20 Jun 2024
Labour pledges fast action to make renters better off

Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Shadow Housing Secretary, will lay out plans today, 20 June 2024, that the party claims will make renters better off if they win power in the General Election. Aiming to relieve cost-of-living pressure on private sector tenants, Rayner, and Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves MP, will pledge to crack down on unscrupulous landlords, ban no-fault evictions, and cap the amount of rent requested upfront.

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20 Jun 2024
General Election 2024: housing policy round up

The property industry urgently needs a clear strategy and strong, consistent leadership from the next UK Government. As the nation prepares to go to the polls on Thursday 4 July Propertymark has examined the manifesto promises on housing from major parties to see what is on offer to voters who care about the future of our sector.

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19 Jun 2024
Housing Bill is unworkable in its current form

Timothy Douglas, Head of Policy and Campaigns at Propertymark, gave evidence to the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee in the Scottish Parliament on 18 June 2024 as part of the stage one consideration of the Housing (Scotland) Bill. Propertymark believes the Bill must be significantly amended before the Scottish Government’s policy objective to deliver safe, good quality, affordable homes for all can be achieved.

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18 Jun 2024
Auctions Barometer: Q1 2024

2024 has started well. In the Residential and Commercial property sectors, there seems to be a return of confidence, probably helped by the hold in interest rates. Catalogue numbers remain strong and registered bidder levels are also high. Our Fine Art and Chattels members report that 2024 has started buoyantly with plenty of bidders keen to get out of the blocks and acquire lots at all price levels and across all fields of collecting and furnishing.

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17 Jun 2024
Propertymark One is a roaring success leading members in the pursuit of excellence

Insights galore, new initiatives and tangible learning were the top takeaways from #PMOne that took place on Friday 14 June 2024 at ExCel London, where over 1500 delegates joined us to hear 50 speakers all experts in their field impart their wisdom and knowledge to help agents and their businesses grow.

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17 Jun 2024
Next Government must implement leasehold measures immediately

The Leasehold and Freehold Act received Royal Assent on 24 May 2024 and brought an immediate ban on most new leasehold houses. However, only four other sections of the Act are enforced which will come into effect on 24 July 2024.

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17 Jun 2024
New, flexible modular property qualification will help grow careers

A brand new Propertymark Qualifications Level 3 (Level 6 SCQF) Certificate in Property Agency was opened for registrations on 14 June 2024 at Propertymark One. This revolutionary new qualification is, for the first time, modular-based, enabling learners to personalise their units relating to specialisms and location with the ability to complete extra units to gain wider sector expertise.

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14 Jun 2024
Propertymark powers new UK-wide referral network

Connect is an exciting new intuitive, bespoke tech platform offering property agents an unprecedented opportunity to deliver potential instructions, increase portfolios and harness an additional income stream.

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14 Jun 2024
Propertymark enters a new era with launch of Propertymark Protection Company Membership

This decade has presented a near total transformation of the property sector with reduced confidence and supply, economic and interest rate uncertainty, dramatic changes in the conduct of consumers, new expectations among the workforce and the introduction of AI, the consequences of which are still being understood. As the only professional body dedicated to supporting sales, lettings, commercial agents, and auctioneers, Propertymark has reassessed not only the services we offer, but the whole structure of membership.

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10 Jun 2024
A Dickensian legal process

Propertymark's monthly Housing Insight Report has identified a significant deterioration in the number of transactions progressing from offer acceptance to exchange of contracts within 12 weeks. In the first of our research spotlight series, this report looks into the reasons why the time taken to exchange contracts is elongating.

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07 Jun 2024
Suitable housing for disabled people must be prioritised

The Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (LUHC) Committee published its inquiry report on disabled people in the housing sector where Propertymark gave evidence, which examined barriers to accessible housing, increasing the supply of accessible homes, and the support available for adapting homes, including reforms to the Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG). The overarching conclusion chimes with our long-held position that the ultimate key to tackling the housing crisis is to build more homes of all kinds.

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06 Jun 2024
Annual Report and Financial Statements for the Year Ended 31 December 2023

Throughout 2023 the drive has been to offer continued improvements for our members. We are investing in solutions that solve your problems and keep our members ahead of the game — be that through technology, partnerships, or people — with an offer that is focused on quality and value for money.

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05 Jun 2024
Assured Advice 40: Use of stock images or artist impressions

We have received requested advice in respect the use of stock images or artistic impressions in property advertising and scenarios where it is acceptable to use these types of images.

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05 Jun 2024
Simpler Right to Rent checks for tenants with pre-settled status

The Home Office has made changes to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) designed to simplify the Right to Rent and similar checks for pre-settled status holders. Letting agents and landlords will only need to carry out a check at the beginning of a tenancy.

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