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19 Apr 2024
Sector must act together to challenge long term rent controls

Propertymark’s Head of Policy and Campaigns, Timothy Douglas, met Patrick Harvie, MSP, as part of the Scottish Government’s Private Rented Sector Stakeholder Group to discuss the Housing (Scotland) Bill and continued to assert that rent control proposals should be dropped in favour of focusing on other actions to make the private rented sector more affordable. This will ensure there is an adequate housing supply that meets increasing demand and tackling existing inequalities of income and wealth.

07 Mar 2024
Housing crisis amplified by lack of strategic direction

The lack of an evidence-based approach to the private rented sector (PRS) by the Scottish Government is impacting the effectiveness of the sector in assisting with Scotland's housing crisis, according to the findings of a Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland and Fife Council report which urges Ministers to demonstrate leadership.

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12 Jan 2024
Local authorities must view the PRS as a key housing provider to prevent homelessness

Propertymark has responded to the Welsh Government consultation on Ending Homelessness White Paper and welcomes the decision not to place a legal duty on private landlords to refer tenants at risk of homelessness to housing teams. We strongly urge local authorities to consider agents and landlords as part of the solution and actively develop positive relationships with them.

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28 Nov 2023
Propertymark Welsh Budget representation

Focusing on the key housing sector themes, Propertymark is calling for prioritisation of work with the PRS on homelessness, investment in reliable data collection, and a boost in support for decarbonisation.

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22 Nov 2023
Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2023

Local Housing Allowance (LHA) will at last be unfrozen and Universal Credit (UC) will rise under UK Government tax and spending plans announced by Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt, MP, today, 22 November 2023. Rate relief and full expensing for businesses are also included.

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21 Nov 2023
PRS is crucial in the delivery of homelessness plans

The Welsh Government is consulting on potentially world-leading reforms that includes proposals which outline new legal duties for a range of bodies, with the acknowledgement that the keys to solving homelessness often lie with other agencies outside that system.

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07 Nov 2023
Housing benefits must be reset to protect low-income households

Propertymark has co-signed a letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer ahead of the Autumn Budget strongly urging action on static rates of local housing allowance (LHA) and the lack of affordable private rented homes.

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01 Aug 2023
Don't deter temporary accommodation providers

Propertymark has supported the Welsh Government’s proposals to exempt hotels and bed and breakfast accommodation used for local authority homelessness purposes from occupational contracts as part of the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016.

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05 Jul 2023
Only 5% of rents affordable for Local Housing Allowance tenants

Figures released by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) back up evidence given to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Commons Committee by Propertymark on 28 June 2023. Head of Policy and Campaigns Timothy Douglas warned MPs of vulnerable tenants being priced out of the market.

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10 Mar 2023
Propertymark backs call for right to adequate housing

Responding to Welsh Parliament’s Local Government and Housing Committee inquiry looking at how incorporating the right to adequate housing into Welsh law would work in practice, Propertymark stated that it must act fairly to agents and landlords as well as consider any unintended consequences on housing providers and the market.

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07 Feb 2023
Failure to support decarbonisation of homes

The Senedd Cross Party Group for Housing has written to the Welsh Government regarding their 2023-2024 draft budget to raise concerns, politically and professionally, about whether it focuses on the right things to provide for the most vulnerable people in the current housing emergency.

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06 Feb 2023
Section 8 grounds for eviction need to be robust

Propertymark responds to the UK Government’s consultation on the proposed changes to the homelessness legislation stating local authorities must continually act to prevent and relieve homelessness before court action is required.

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26 Jan 2023
Warnings of national housing crisis

On 25 January 2023, a Scottish opposition party debate discussed the issues of homelessness and the delivery of new homes and called for the Scottish Government to declare a housing emergency and introduce a dedicated housing minister.

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15 Dec 2022
Further cost of living and business support

The Welsh Government has published its Draft Budget for 2023-2024 with the aim to build a stronger, fairer, greener Wales and outlined additional support for the commercial sector and the vulnerable.

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07 Dec 2022
Extra £50 million support for those at risk of eviction

The UK Government is providing Councils with further funding to protect thousands of vulnerable people pay rent arrears or secure new accommodation.

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11 Nov 2022
Anti-landlord rhetoric in tackling homelessness must end

With the demand for social housing far outreaching supply, the private rented sector (PRS) must be viewed as part of the solution to the housing crisis and to end the anti-landlord rhetoric immediately. 

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