The UK Government is seeking views on proposals to make landlords legally obliged to make reasonable adjustments to common areas of rented properties: outside areas, entrances, hallways, landings, and stairwells, more accessible for disabled people.
Housing Minister, Eddie Hughes MP has responded to a question from Dr Matthew Offord MP outlining that the UK Government is considering the recommendations in the final report on the regulation of property agents from Lord Best’s working group.
New Regulations drafted state, that all rented properties in England must provide a carbon monoxide alarm in rooms used as living accommodation where there is a fixed combustion appliance, such as gas heaters and boilers, from the beginning of October 2022.
National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team (NTSELAT) and the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), have stated that the use of ‘POA’ or ‘price on application’ in property listings contravenes consumer protection legislation.
Propertymark urges agents to ensure they are aware of the forthcoming changes to the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations as they could come into effect as soon as Autumn 2022.
The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee’s report on the Regulation of Private Renting, published today, 13 April 2022, claims that better data is needed to understand issues within the private rented sector (PRS) in England and to evaluate the impact of legislative changes on landlords, tenants, the housing market as a whole and the effectiveness of regulation.
The Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act will create a register upon which all foreign owners of UK property must declare their true beneficial ownership and verify their identity with Companies House. Those who do not declare their beneficial owner will be subject to restrictions on the sale of property and may face up to five years in prison.
The National Economic Crime Centre (NECC) and partners have launched a new phase of their campaign to help homebuyers avoid Payment Diversion Fraud (PDF).
Beleaguered landlords are increasingly looking to sell up and exit the market but may be unaware of the extensive help and support available to them.
The National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team (NTSELAT) is working with industry stakeholders to design standards on the key information that must be included in all property listings.
Propertymark’s Compliance Team carried out 1,762 checks on member agents’ websites in 2021 to raise the industry standards and help members be compliant and avoid enforcement penalties.
Simon Wilkinson, Propertymark Board Member highlighted the benefits of using Propertymark’s Sales Protocol Toolkit to the legal profession and how agents work to speed up transactions and reduce fall-through of sales.
Under newly announced rules by the National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team (NTSELAT), a property's council tax band or rate, price and tenure (for sales) must now be included on all property listings by the end of May 2022.
The Welsh Government has launched a consultation as part of its ‘three-pronged approach’ to address perceived affordability issues and the impact of second homes and holiday lets in some parts of Wales.
The popular presenter of Channel 4’s Location, Location, Location is producing his latest series of Move iQ podcasts on the most common issues that buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants face.
The UK Government plans to reform the private rented sector (PRS) in England and to help shape and influence the Renters’ Reforms, Propertymark has produced a paper outlining its position.