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10 Apr 2024
Commercial agents, remind landlords to check insurance policies regularly

NAEA Commercial Advisory Panel and Propertymark Board member Michael Sears, MNAEA MARLA MNAEA (Comm) MNAVA HIDip Ndea, has cautioned against complacency when it comes to commercial buildings insurance to avoid the frustration of claims being invalidated.

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09 Apr 2024
HUG2 offers off-grid energy upgrades to landlords and homeowners

Phase two of the Home Upgrade Grant (HUG2) is a UK Government-funded scheme for properties in England that are not connected to the gas grid. £630 million has been allocated to Local Authorities to provide energy efficient upgrades and low carbon heating to eligible households between April 2023 and March 2025.

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08 Apr 2024
Propertymark backs the next proptech revolutionaries

We’ve formed a landmark co-investment partnership with TDS to boost funding for REACH UK, a technology scale-up program which helps innovative new technology companies grow in the property sector through education, mentorship, and market exposure.

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04 Apr 2024
Rogue agents face stiff penalties for flouting property rules

Letting agents and landlords who disregard safety and licensing laws are increasingly facing action from authorities determined to crack down on poor practices and protect renters. Propertymark works hard to regulate our members and make sure consumers know how to access a professional agent. Our members demonstrate their commitment to working to higher standards than the law requires, and have access to training, CPD, and compliance support to ensure both they and their businesses are up to date with relevant standards and legislation.

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04 Apr 2024
Dos and Don’ts of Deposit Protection

Lettings agents must protect the interests of landlords, tenants, and their agencies, so understanding the basics of deposit protection is key and knowing the do’s and don’ts will help minimise disputes and reduce the risk of costly penalties.

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28 Mar 2024
Propertymark campaign results evident in Renters (Reform) Bill amendments

We have had direct correspondence from senior officials at the Department of Levelling Up, Housing & Communities (DLUHC) regarding amends to be tabled on the Renters (Reform) Bill, including communication between Housing Minister Jacob Young, MP, and Conservative MPs outlining further improvements that address some of the key concerns of letting agents and strike a fairer balance of security for both landlords and tenants.

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28 Mar 2024
Top five reasons to outsource client accounting

Being a letting agent or an estate agent with a letting portfolio demands juggling numerous responsibilities, from property management and tenant relations to day-to-day operations, plus the perpetual quest for new business. However, amidst these demands, being on top of client accounting is paramount.

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28 Mar 2024
Propertymark lettings helpline hits new milestone

Six months have now passed since we launched our dedicated Lettings Helpline, providing unlimited free advice to members in England and Wales from landlord and tenant specialists. For many, it has become an essential membership benefit for dealing with lettings issues, no matter how complex, plus, we have ambitious plans to grow the service further.

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27 Mar 2024
Housing (Scotland) Bill published

Introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 26 March 2024, the Bill sets out plans to make changes to the law, covering rent controls, tenants’ rights to keep pets and decorate their homes, and a mechanism to delay evictions under certain circumstances.

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22 Mar 2024
MPs call for a guarantee that benefits will be uprated annually

After campaigning over several years, Propertymark welcomes the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee’s recommendations of an annual uprate of working-age benefits and Local Housing Allowance (LHA).

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22 Mar 2024
Lords tell UK Government to get on with agent regulation

Following a short inquiry, at which Propertymark gave evidence, the House of Lords Industry and Regulators Committee has bluntly asked the UK Government why it has not yet established a regulator of property agents, four years after it committed to doing so.

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21 Mar 2024
London Mayor ordered to take further action on housing plan

Rt Hon Michael Gove, MP, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, has demanded a partial review of the London Plan focusing on industrial land and opportunity areas in the capital, and wants the average rate of delivery to increase from 37,200 to more than 62,300 homes a year to tackle housing delivery backlogs.

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21 Mar 2024
The importance of managing property boards

Agents mustn't become complacent when it comes to property sales and lettings boards, as badly maintained, or illegally erected ones can cause injury or nuisance and could result in legal action.

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19 Mar 2024
Information for agents about XL Bully dog rules

Following several high-profile attacks by XL Bully dogs in recent years governments across the UK have put measures in place to ban the breed and impose requirements on people who own them. There has been understandable concern from agents and landlords about the implications for them of the introduction and operation of the new safeguards.

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15 Mar 2024
Propertymark outlines the importance of protecting fixed-term tenancies

During a meeting with Housing Minister, Jacob Young MP, who has responsibility for the Renters (Reform) Bill, our CEO and Head of Policy and Campaigns outlined why the retaining of fixed-term tenancies will provide security for tenants and increase flexibility in the private rented sector.

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14 Mar 2024
Economic Crime levy to increase after income target missed

Very large property agencies, based on their UK revenue, will see contributions to the Levy double from April 2024 after receipts for the period April 2022 to March 2023 showed a shortfall against the target of raising £100 million per year, which is used as long-term sustainable funding to tackle economic crime.

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