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22 Apr 2024
Essential HM Land Registry services for estate agents

There are numerous ways that upfront information can help agents in today’s property market, including making it easier to value and list a property, and streamlining the buying and selling process . Propertymark encourages members to verify property details with HM Land Registry (HMLR) as best practice, particularly following the publication of Trading Standards’ full material information guidance in November 2023.

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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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30 Jan 2024
Communicating correctly about leasehold properties

If the Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill becomes law, it’s expected that the sales market for leasehold properties will be reinvigorated. Leasehold is a complex area and can be intimidating for agents and consumers, so what are the fundamentals of the current situation, and how will this change if the Bill is introduced?

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05 Jan 2024
Data privacy in the housing sector - unlocking GDPR

Although the General Data Protection Regulation has been with us since 2018, for many organisations it has remained a complex piece of legislation, difficult to navigate and something that always sits at a bottom of a to do list. With that in mind, Propertymark has partnered with Risk Evolves to give members access to free training opportunities throughout 2024.

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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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05 Oct 2023
Propertymark and PayProp are cutting compliance costs for members

The unique partnership has seen client account health checks and accountants' reports waived for letting agent members who use PayProp’s client accounting platform.

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06 Sep 2023
What Anti-Money Laundering procedures are letting agents responsible for?

Letting agents who deal with properties that have monthly rents equivalent to €10,000 or more have responsibilities under Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulations to prevent their services from being used for money laundering or terrorist financing activities.

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17 Aug 2023
Fines for Right to Rent failures set to triple

Due to take effect at the start of 2024, the higher fines represent what the Home Office describes as the biggest shake up of civil penalties since the checks were first introduced and will include charges of up to £20,000 for repeat breaches.

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16 Aug 2023
Clarity provided on property advertising terms

The terminology surrounding the renting and sale of properties can be confusing for some consumers and new guidance from the National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team (NTSELAT) provides definitions of commonly used terms to improve consistency and understanding for everyone involved.

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24 Jul 2023
Compliance basics should not be ignored

The introduction of the Renter's (Reform) Bill resulted a lot of media coverage, with agents and landlords voicing valid concerns about the potential impact of future legislation on their businesses. However, it is important to note that the Bill has not yet become law and is still undergoing scrutiny and possible amendments.

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21 Feb 2023
Fact sheet: Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) Regulations 2007

The regulations set out the rules for advertising boards, including property sales and lettings boards. They came into force on 6 April 2007 and apply in relation to the display of advertisements on sites in England only.

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10 Jan 2023
Fact sheet: Cannabis farms in tenancies

Production and possession with the intent to supply is a criminal offense which can carry up to 14 years in prison and an unlimited fine. Landlords and agents who are aware or have suspicions of a Cannabis farm in one of their properties can be liable under law and face the same penalties.

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05 Jan 2023
Propertymark expands compliance expertise

As the leading regulator for the property sector, our team of experienced agency auditors has increased to help Propertymark members avoid the hazards that generate local authority fines worth tens of thousands of pounds.

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12 Dec 2022
Propertymark keeping agents compliant to avoid fines

As the leading regulator for the sector, Propertymark is launching a service called Calm about Compliance which will bring our expertise to the sector where our auditors work alongside agents at their offices.

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14 Nov 2022
Issue 49: Winter 2022

Packed with practical advice on the issues facing agents as we enter 2023: maintaining professionalism with abusive clients, rental reform in Wales and Northern Ireland, Right to Rent checks in England, sale board regulations and data protection for agents across the UK.

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21 Oct 2022
PRS reporting management system upgrade

To ensure that the demands of the industry continue to be adhered to, particularly with the new Decent Homes Standard implementation, KPR, specialists in automated property inspection management and habitation compliance software, has created Willis, an innovative software upgrade to their inspection, maintenance, and compliance software.

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