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09 Mar 2022
Regulation checks to keep agents credible

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.

04 Mar 2022
New legislation to increase council tax premiums on second homes

From 1 April 2023 local authorities in Wales can increase council tax premiums on second homes and long-term empty properties by 300 per cent.

28 Feb 2022
UK Government brings forward Economic Crime Bill

The UK Government has accelerated a bill designed to prevent the laundering of ‘dirty money’ in the UK’s housing markets by introducing a register of overseas entities that highlights the owners of international companies that own properties and land in the UK.

04 Oct 2021
Landlord pays tenants £2,400 after wrongful termination

The First-tier Tribunal for Scotland Housing and Property Chamber ruled in favour of the tenants after landlord falsely claimed he wanted to live in the property.

29 Apr 2021
Exclusions from TPO emphasise the importance of regulation

Three property agents across the UK have been excluded from the TPO for failing to pay outstanding awards. This shows how it continues to be crucial to improve the quality and reputation of the profession by regulating the property sector.

14 Apr 2021
To replace or repair? That is the question (regarding tenancy deposits)

Sandy Bastin, Head of Adjudication Services at Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS), a Propertymark Industry Supplier, discusses cleaning and damage to property and contents best practice given they continue to top the list of most common reasons for tenancy deposit disputes.

24 Feb 2021
Landlord case makes legal history

A Wales-based landlord pleaded guilty to harassing a tenant, which is the first time a case of this nature has been brought to the Crown Court and received a six-month jail term suspended for two years.

18 Jan 2021
First ever Wrongful Termination Order granted

A landlord has been penalised for evicting a tenant on wrongful grounds by the Housing & Property Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland (FTS) by awarding its first Wrongful Termination Order.

15 Sep 2020
High Court rules in favour of agents over Business Interruption Insurance

Thousands of companies disputing their insurers' interpretations of liability under Business Interruption Insurance welcome the court ruling today, 15 September, where it found in favour of the arguments advanced for policyholders on the majority of issues brought by the Financial Complaints Authority (FCA) test case.

04 Sep 2020
Enforcement action launched by CMA on leasehold homes

As part of its ongoing investigations the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has today, 4 September, opened enforcement cases having uncovered troubling evidence of potential mis-selling and unfair contract terms.

14 Jul 2020
Court rules 'No DSS' letting bans unlawful

After a recent case where a mother of two had been refused rented accommodation because she received housing benefits, a judge has ruled that blanket bans are unlawful and discriminatory.

28 Feb 2020
Competition watchdog plans action against mis-sold leasehold homes

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced it has found evidence of mis-selling of leasehold homes and it will launch enforcement action.

04 Feb 2020
Cowboy landlord ordered to pay £90,000 fine

A buy-to-let landlord with properties across North London has been handed a fine for continuously ignoring selective licensing laws.

03 Feb 2020
Housing Secretary pledges new funding to crackdown on criminal landlords

More than 100 councils across England have been awarded a share of over £4 million to crack down on criminal landlords and letting agents with a move to empower councils to stamp out exploitative landlords.

23 Jan 2020
CMA gives details of cartel investigation and sanctions

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published its decision on a cartel of Berkshire estate agents where they conspired, for seven years, to set minimum commission rates where they were the top agents.

16 Jan 2020
Lettings boss hit with ban after failing to protect deposits

A lettings management director from Exeter has been disqualified for six years after failing to safeguard more than £68,000 worth of tenants’ deposits.

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