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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 Sep 2023
Adding to an existing deposit

It's important to note that adding money to an existing tenancy deposit should be done in consultation with the tenant and in compliance with current legislation and guidance from your registered deposit scheme partner(s).

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06 Sep 2023
Deciphering the difference between fair wear and tear and tenant damage

Letting agents and landlords will be familiar with this phrase, however grasping the meaning and recognising the limits of this term can often be a disputed topic, particularly when making a deposit deduction.

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06 Sep 2023
If one tenant murders another, who gets the deposit?

Given the complexity and sensitive nature of this scenario, it is advisable to consult a legal professional who specialises in landlord-tenant law.

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03 Jul 2023
FAQs: Private Tenancies Act (Northern Ireland) 2022

Sections 1-6 of the Private Tenancies Act (Northern Ireland) 2022 were enacted on 1 April 2023. This FAQ document provides answers to the most common questions that we have received from Propertymark members.

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09 May 2023
Importance of documenting tenancy cleaning responsibilities

Among the top sources of conflict at the end of a tenancy is cleaning, which accounts for the majority of disputes between tenants and landlords, a substantial 56% of all cases across the UK.

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27 Mar 2023
Fact sheet: Tenancy deposit requirements in Northern Ireland

In 2011, the Northern Ireland Assembly passed the Housing (Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 and later the Tenancy Deposit Schemes Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 which introduced regulations for protecting tenancy deposits in Northern Ireland.

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19 Dec 2022
Importance of garden inventories to help deposit disputes

During the winter months, gardens and external areas of properties can begin to suffer, leading to disputes between agents, tenants and landlords. Dispute calls are typically at their highest this time of year, so ensuring all your paperwork is in order is even more critical.

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23 Nov 2022
Five checks to keep rental portfolios in tip-top shape

Any lettings portfolio should receive ongoing care and maintenance. A disorganised portfolio, weighed down by junk data, loose ends or lax processes enabling wrongdoing, can disrupt the flow of operations, reduce productivity, expose the business to risk and add unnecessary pressure on agents.

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30 Sep 2022
Main causes of deposit disputes and how to prevent them

According to insight from the Tenancy Deposit Scheme’s (TDS) 2022 Statistical Briefing, end of tenancy deposit disputes has shown an increase over the past year; however, the overall figures are still low.

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18 Aug 2022
Benefits of a Client Money HealthCheck

Annually, Propertymark PPD (Principal, Partner or Director) members have to submit a Client Money Examination Report to be inspected as part of their membership, and for every company, they are legally responsible.

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26 Jul 2022
Don’t pay the price of failing to deregister tenant deposits

Letting agents should be aware of the financial implications of failing to deregister tenant deposits after Propertymark reveals it is the most common cause of accounting discrepancies among its membership.

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07 Jul 2022
How to avoid pet-related disputes at the end of tenancy

The UK Government has proposed some key changes to the PRS, outlined in the Fairer Renting White paper with pet ownership to become more accessible for tenants. With just 7 per cent of properties stating they are ‘pet friendly’, there are ways to reduce the likelihood of deposit disputes.

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25 May 2022
Nathan Emerson takes TDS Board position

Propertymark was one of the founders of TDS in 2003 along with RICS and has been continuously represented on the Board ever since. Emerson, Propertymark CEO replaces Mark Hayward, who retired at the end of 2021.

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23 May 2022
Why outsource your client accounting?

Agencies outsource client accounting to reduce costs and focus on core business goals and planning. The challenge is finding the right solution and partner. An outsourcing partner who best fits with a business is key to a long, happy, and successful relationship—saving you time and money.

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19 May 2022
Improving the beginning and end of tenancy

TDS has collaborated with various partners to improve the private rental experience for agents and landlords. New and improved features have helped to ensure that TDS stays up-to-date with current technology movements as the industry evolves.

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