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22 May 2024
Lords frustrated by UK Government response on RoPA

The Chair of the Industry and Regulators Committee in the House of Lords, Baroness Taylor of Bolton, has written to the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), expressing disappointment at the UK Government’s response to findings of the Committee’s inquiry into the need for the regulation of property agents.

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20 May 2024
PRS needs greater professionalism says Labour-backed report

A report commissioned by the Labour Party states that the opportunity to live in a secure, affordable and accessible home is out of reach for many people, and this is set to remain the case unless the system is changed significantly. They state that landlords and agents should be registered and accredited, recommend rent stabilisation measures, and support longer term tenancies based on the model of Rent Smart Wales.

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17 May 2024
Insistence on higher cladding standards is delaying sales

Propertymark has written to Housing Minister Lee Rowley, MP, to highlight a growing trend for insurers to decline or charge more for cover on properties that have been remediated within the funding limits provided by the UK Government, leading to more costs for hard-pressed leaseholders.

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17 May 2024
High street auctions set to fill empty properties

The UK Government has announced that new powers to enable local authorities in England to regenerate high streets and fill empty shops will be in place by summer 2024. Propertymark welcomes the move, but we would like to see more detail on which areas will benefit the most, how the powers will be funded, and how they will be used in practice by councils.

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15 May 2024
Ending two-tier AML system would close gaps in sector defences

In a letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Propertymark has again laid out the benefits of extending full anti-money laundering (AML) supervision to all letting agents, including improved compliance with Money Laundering Regulations (MLRs) and solving the ongoing issue with access to pooled client accounts which has hampered agents for far too long.

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10 May 2024
Homeowner loses compensation as a result of knotweed ruling

In February 2023, Marc Christopher Davies won a Court of Appeal case against Bridgend Council after Japanese knotweed encroached into his property from council land. He was awarded £4,900 for the diminution in value of his home, due to the stigma associated with it. However, Bridgend Council appealed, and the Supreme Court has now ruled that he is not entitled to any compensation.

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10 May 2024
Innovate and improve letting agency services with specialist insurance

To remain competitive in today’s market it’s important to provide exceptional service beyond the basic tasks of property management. Adding extra value for landlords and tenants enables an agency to stand out, and one way to achieve this is by making insurance products an integrated part of the service offered to clients.

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09 May 2024
Committee explores chief obstacles to stress-free home buying and selling

The cross-party Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee (LUHCC), chaired by Clive Betts, MP, is gathering evidence on the stumbling blocks to improvements, and has highlighted a lack of transparency around conveyancing services, ‘referral fees’, and the regulation of estate agents as key areas of focus. Propertymark has submitted written evidence to the LUHCC and our Head of Policy and Campaigns, Timothy Douglas, spoke to the Committee in person on 13 May 2024.

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09 May 2024
Ground rent reforms at risk of being diluted after resistance from Treasury

Over 30 Conservative MPs have written to Chancellor Jeremy Hunt expressing concern that plans for reform are being weakened as the Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill progresses through parliament. In particular, and despite a promise in the 2019 Conservative manifesto, it is now expected that ground rents will be capped at £250 per year instead of being cut to zero.

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03 May 2024
Housing Minister sets expectations for Safety Case Reports

The Housing Minister, Lee Rowley, MP, and Philip White, Director of Building Safety for the Building Safety Regulator, have published a joint open letter to building managers addressing the issue of charges associated with managing safety in buildings over 18 metres.

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02 May 2024
Housing Insight Report: March 2024

Demand increased within the residential sales sector, with the number of buyers registered and the number of viewings per property both increasing. In the residential lettings sector, tenant demand decreased, and stock levels increased marginally. However, legislative change including the Renters (Reform) Bill and Housing (Scotland) Bill, continues to dominate the wider discourse.

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01 May 2024
Enhancing efficiency and service in lettings through technology integration

Letting agents have access to a wide array of industry tools to elevate their business operations, including CRM platforms, marketing software, referencing providers, accounting tools, and deposit services. Integrating suppliers is a straightforward method to maximise the utility of existing resources, streamline operations, prevent fraud, and improve the experience for both tenants and landlords.

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30 Apr 2024
Next London Mayor must leverage powers to tackle housing backlog

On Thursday 2 May 2024, Londoners will cast their votes for the next Mayor and 25 Assembly Members. With a population of over nine million, and the highest house sales and rental values in the country, London presents unique challenges. Propertymark has written to the candidates outlining our housing plan for London, highlighting key priorities for the next four years and our proposals for addressing the city’s crisis in housing availability.

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29 Apr 2024
Issue 55: Summer 2024

In this summer issue, long-standing members reflect on their start in the property profession and we asked experts from Belvoir group to share their views on agent training and qualifications, and how they will both impact the future of our sector. The policy update looks at short-term lets which are under the spotlight from legislators.

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26 Apr 2024
Next steps for Smart Data-driven home buying and selling

The UK Government has set out the actions it will take over the next two years to facilitate the data economy and drive growth and innovation in a range of sectors including the property market. By Summer 2024, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) is expected to launch some pilot projects which will inform future digitalisation of the home buying and selling process.

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26 Apr 2024
Warning over battery safety from home insurance experts

Eight in ten people are charging, storing, or repairing their devices in a way that greatly increases the risk of fire, according to a survey by NFU Mutual. With lithium-ion batteries used in almost every household in the UK, and insurers reporting an increase in fire claims associated with them, it is advisable for agents to inform their landlords and tenants on how to reduce their risk.

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