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13 Apr 2022
UK Government to evaluate impact of legislative changes on the PRS

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.

14 Dec 2021
Propertymark’s recommendations for the future of renting

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.

13 Dec 2021
The Future of Renting

The Future of Renting features our recommendations to the UK Government and its plans to reform the private rented sector in England. We want to help shape and influence the UK Government’s Renters’ Reforms White Paper which is due to be released in 2022.

14 Sep 2021
Draft licensing order and business and regulatory impact assessment

A new licensing scheme is being developed to help ensure that short term lets are safe and help address issues faced by local residents and communities. All Scottish councils will have to adopt a short-term lets licensing system by October 2022.

19 Jan 2021
Licensing schemes are irresponsible in the current climate

Propertymark has responded to a number of licensing scheme proposals from local authorities across England in recent months arguing that Councils who are pursuing the implementation of licensing schemes are being socially irresponsible. This is because in these unprecedented times landlords and agents are not able to comply with the requirements and Council resources are unlikely to be able to effectively enforce them.

18 Jan 2021
Licensing consultation template

Is a discretionary licensing scheme being consulted on in your area? We have created a Word template for you to submit to your local authority. The letter explains why discretionary licensing schemes are not an effective way of promoting higher quality accommodation. 

09 Dec 2020
Scottish Government set to introduce Short-Term Lets Licensing in April 2021

Edinburgh Council has approved the Scottish Government’s draft licensing proposals, with regulations to be laid in the Scottish Parliament in December 2020. ARLA Propertymark has been campaigning for greater regulation of short-term lets, monitoring the situation and expect the new rules to come in by April 2021.

19 Nov 2020
Mayor of London launches licence checker

Yesterday 18 November, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, launched a licence checker online tool which aims to protect the ‘wellbeing of London’s private renters’ to help them discover if their landlord has properly licensed their home.

19 Jun 2020
Non-compliance sees second HMO landlord banned from the PRS

The importance of compliance as a landlord with a house in multiple occupation (HMO) property has been brought to light in a recent case. A second man in the UK has been banned from being a landlord in the private rented sector (PRS) after breaching multiple safety regulations in his licensed HMO property.

01 Apr 2020
Newcastle City Council postpones additional and selective licensing schemes

Letting agents in Newcastle, supported by ARLA Propertymark, have successfully lobbied Newcastle City Council to postpone the introduction of new selective and additional licensing schemes due to have come into force on 6 April.

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.

22 Nov 2019
Manchester City Council: Private Rented Sector Consultation

Manchester City Council consulted with agents, landlords and tenants to inform an updated private rented sector strategy for the city. The consultation ran throughout November 2019 seeking to engage stakeholders through an online survey and local drop-in sessions across Manchester.

07 Nov 2019
‘No plans’ to introduce national landlord register

Government has confirmed that a detailed assessment of the ‘A licence to rent’ report has not been undertaken and there are no plans in place to introduce a national landlord register.

18 Oct 2019
Landlord fined £25,000 for unlicensed properties

A buy-to-let landlord in Nottingham was convicted of nine offences of failing to license properties under the Selective Licensing scheme at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court.

14 Oct 2019
New rules for landlord registration in Scotland

From 16 September 2019, the information that landlords are required to provide to register or renew their application on the National Landlord Register has changed.

23 Sep 2019
Agency and landlord hit with heavy fines

Countrywide, trading as Beresford Adams, has been fined over £22,000 for health and safety breaches at a property in Wrexham along with a £5,000 fine to the landlord of the same property for operating without an HMO license.

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