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KEYWORD "Consultation" - 100 RESULTS
Regulating agents will make property ownership more transparent - claim

Propertymark says the regulation of property agents and the creation of a statutory Code of Practice can improve the transparency of...

14 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Huge number of new rental licensing schemes set for 2024

A survey of local council private rental licensing schemes says 19 selective and additional licensing schemes and consultations will be taking...

09 February 2024

From: Breaking News

MPs turn on Airbnb and other short lets

Prominent MPs from the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties have renewed their onslaught on Airbnb and other short let platforms.  Former Lib...

06 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents slam government for failing to win industry support for reform

The Renters Reform Bill cannot succeed without proper engagement with letting agents and landlords, Propertymark argues.    According to a Freedom of Information...

31 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Rent controls and EPC laws must be discussed with agents - Propertymark

Scottish councils must engage with letting agents and landlords if radical rental reforms have any chance of working. Propertymark argues that the...

31 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Propertymark backs extending agency regulation and decent homes standard

Qualifications for property managers in the social housing sector should be extended to the private rental sector too. That’s the view of...

22 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Faster payments make happier landlords

Let's be honest – landlords are the lifeblood of any letting agency. Winning and keeping their business keeps the wheels turning...

19 January 2024

From: Sponsored Content

Labour’s backdoor bid to regulate lettings and estate agents at last

Labour is using a Bill currently going through Parliament as a backdoor method to introduce the regulation of lettings, estate and...

19 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Budget 2024 - Just days left for agents to send ideas to Jeremy Hunt

Agents who want to put their arguments for lettings fiscal reform to the Chancellor have until 5pm next Wednesday to submit...

19 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Propertymark wants additional health and safety cladding measures

The letting agents’ trade body Propertymark says one of the UK governments should go further in ensuring the safety of tenants...

17 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Top agent slams latest rent control move as costly and complex

New rent control proposals put forward by politicians are unnecessary and too costly according to a leading property expert.  David Alexander -...

12 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents’ views sought for large HMO licensing scheme

Agents, landlords and others’ views are being sought in a consultation on proposals to introduce a borough-wide additional licensing scheme for...

09 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Neil Cobbold, Managing Director at PayProp UK

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Neil Cobbold, Managing Director What is PayProp and what does it...

08 January 2024

From: 60 Second Interview

Will 2024 see the end of private rental sector licensing?

Housing Secretary Michael Gove has given what some commentators have interpreted as a sign that private rental sector licensing from councils...

27 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Timetables demanded for smoke alarm and electrical safety changes

Propertymark has responded to two consultations on the proposals to introduce electrical safety standards and smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in...

22 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Rental Sector Won't Become Energy Efficient without Incentives - claim

Propertymark has urged the government to do more to help the country’s most vulnerable citizens heat their homes.   Office for National Statistics...

19 December 2023

From: Breaking News

EPC Change On The Way? New energy ratings planned by government

The government has launched a public consultation on a radical new UK home energy rating system to replace the long-standing Standard...

18 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Labour council’s rental licensing scheme will be one of UK’s largest

A Labour-run London council is consulting on a new licensing scheme for private rented property.  If it goes ahead it will be...

12 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Expensive rental eco-heat scheme needs rethink - top agent

A consultation to introduce boilers into homes and the private rented sector needs ‘more carrot than stick’ according to a prominent...

07 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Government slammed over clampdown on Airbnb and short lets

A trade body representing short lets operators has slammed government housing failures. The Short Term Accommodation Association says it’s analysed local authority...

01 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Belvoir agents have access to private rental licensing data

Franchise giant Belvoir is the latest agency group to sign a deal with geospatial technology firm Kamma. The partnership will offer all...

29 November 2023

From: Breaking News

New energy efficiency U-turn welcomed by leading agency

It looks like more politicians are preparing a U-turn on energy efficiency rules for the private rental sector. Media reports indicate there...

24 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Tax and Benefit Changes announced to impact housing market

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has used his Autumn Statement to reveal measures affecting both the rental market and the wider property industry.  The Local Housing...

23 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Oddly-named Build To Rent scheme will have 335 flats

A 335-unit Build To Rent scheme has reached practical completion stage in Sheffield. Going under the (perhaps bizarre) name of PLATFORM_, the...

22 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Government announces changes to Renters Reform Bill

Changes put forward to the Renters Reform Bill to crack down on rogue landlords, protect vulnerable residents and improve the safety of...

15 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents demand ground rent reform progress while consultation goes on

Propertymark wants Housing Secretary Michael Gove to continue with ground rent reforms for leaseholders following the launch of a consultation into this...

14 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Five ground rent options being considered by government

The government is considering five different options for ground rent as the reform process for the sector begins. The government is committed...

13 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Failure! Annual rent rise in double figures despite rent controls

Average rents in Scotland for new tenancies in the private sector have risen by double digits for the fourth quarter in a...

31 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Client money accounting made easy with PayProp

A client account is essential to your lettings business, but the rules and regulations you need to follow to keep this...

26 October 2023

From: Sponsored Content

Politicians want to take ‘harder line’ with rogue agents

Harlow council says it wants to take a harder line against agents and landlords who knowingly let unsafe and substandard properties...

20 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Reapit’s new PropTech deal pledges to cut through licensing red tape

Reapit has inked a deal with fast-expanding PropTech service Kamma to automate information about private rental sector council licensing. This year is...

19 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Control threat - agents warn politicians not to meddle with market

Propertymark has issued a statement warning politicians not to introduce rent controls by the backdoor through processes which tinker with the...

18 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent ‘may get favourable treatment’ on rent legislation

A controversial consultation document about rent controls is proposing that Build To Rent operators be exempt from the caps which may...

13 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Pooled Client Accounts - Government admits problem with banks

It looks as if the government is accepting that there is a problem with how banks treat Pooled Client Accounts -...

09 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Control proposals slammed by prominent industry commentator

Proposals for rent controls made in a government consultation document have been slammed by a prominent industry commentator and PropTech entrepreneur. The...

06 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents call for root and branch housing court reform

Propertymark says it hopes that a Welsh Government White Paper proposing that nine devolved housing tribunals are consolidated into a single...

04 October 2023

From: Breaking News

“Heavy Handed Banks” slammed for pooled client account crisis

Propertymark has responded to an HM Treasury consultation on anti-money laundering processes - and in doing so it’s slammed “heavy handed...

28 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents - what are your views on key health and safety issues?

Propertymark is urging agents to give it their views on two consultations on health and safety issues coming out of Northern...

15 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Labour boss says “uninterested agents” force tenants to “disgusting conditions”

Two massive new rental licensing schemes are set to be approved in Brighton - and part of the reason is “uninterested...

14 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents have two months to tell council licensing bosses what they think

There’s to be a consultation this autumn about a proposed selective licensing regime in Scarborough. The proposal covers parts of the Castle,...

12 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Ban on HMOs converting to Airbnb causes consultation uproar

A move to stop HMOs being used as Airbnb or other short lets has been put forward in the westcountry -...

08 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Controversy surrounds Deposit Alternative schemes as probe begins

The Competition and Markets Authority’s in depth investigation into the controversial deposit alternative concept has been welcomed by one of the...

04 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Hate campaign launched against Airbnb

A hate campaign against AirBnb appears to have been launched in a Welsh village. Newspaper reports say a sticker reading 'Death to...

15 August 2023

From: Breaking News

EPCs and Energy Efficiency - agents to discuss issue this autumn

A consultation setting out proposals to reform domestic and non-domestic energy performance certificates has been opened by the Scottish Government.  It feels...

10 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Council Tax premium 'not enough to return homes to rental sector'

Council tax premiums being considered in Wales would be insufficient to persuade short let and holiday home owners to move their...

31 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Treasury ponders different anti-money laundering systems

HM Treasury has published a consultation on reform of the anti-money laundering supervisory system, giving four options. Currently the supervisory system is...

27 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Airbnb Regulation - councils should control short lets, agents tell government

The letting agents’ trade body ARLA Propertymark is urging the government to regulate Airbnb and other short let platforms but to...

25 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Council “deluged” with complaints about private rental homes

Landlords of more than 5,000 homes must register for a license and ensure their tenants have good quality housing or face...

25 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Agency outraged at latest business rates proposal by government

Colliers, the agency and property consultancy, has issued another outspoken attack on government policy - this time prompted by a formal...

17 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Crackdown on HMOs across large London borough

Buy to let investors who want to convert family homes into HMOs in Hounslow for three to six tenants will now...

17 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Strict Airbnb regulation gets a massive thumbs-down

An attempt to introducing statutory licensing for Airbnbs and some other tourist accommodation has got a frosty reception. The Welsh Government -...

10 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents hit with record licensing fines says PropTech firm

London letting agents and landlords have so far been hit with more than £900,000 in fines in the first half of...

05 July 2023

From: Breaking News

John Lewis pushes into private rental market with 800 homes

John Lewis is pushing ahead with its commitment to build and manage rental homes as part of a drive which it...

04 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Labour turning its back on rent controls once and for all

It looks as if the Labour Party is turning its back on rent controls on England and Wales. In the past year...

29 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents told ‘Get A Move On’ as licensing scheme flags

  A council has told letting agents to ‘get a move on’ as it admits there’s been a slow start to its...

20 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls - Agents asked for help building case against

The National Residential Landlords Association is looking for help from letting agents in building a case against rent controls. The association is...

15 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Fight Back Against Rent Controls - rallying call to agents

Two prominent trade bodies representing elements of the private rental sector are fighting back against the latest attempt to impose rent...

09 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer urges letting agents to go on the offensive

I was surprised the other day to read statistics from the English Housing Survey about how many landlords use letting agents. In...

05 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls extended despite Propertymark opposition

The Scottish Government looks set to extend its rent cap for yet another six months, despite widespread opposition from the lettings...

05 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents back carbon monoxide alarms in all residential properties

Propertymark is backing the installation of carbon monoxide alarms in all residential buildings in Wales. The Welsh Government is proposing to amend...

31 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Controversial licensing scheme - last chance for agents’ input

Letting agents have a final chance today to have their say on a consultation into a newly proposed licensing scheme for...

24 May 2023

From: Breaking News

New consultation on second home council tax hikes

A new consultation by one of the national governments within the UK advocates giving more councils power to make huge rises...

04 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents back compulsory national registration for short lets

Propertymark has thrown its weight behind the idea of a compulsory national register of landlords and hosts operating Airbnb and other...

26 April 2023

From: Breaking News

How to attract landlords to your letting agency

As the unending attack on landlords continues, many are succumbing to the pressures of increased taxes, interest rates rising, regulations becoming...

18 April 2023

From: Marketing & Social Media

Agent blasts government over huge second home tax increase

An agent has spoken out about a proposal to allow huge council tax rises on second homes and empty properties. New Scottish...

18 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents slam ‘postcode lottery’ of tax imposed on HMOs

The letting agents’ trade body Propertymark has slammed the current lack of consistency of council tax on HMOs. It describes today’s system...

17 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Short Lets Clampdown: Airbnb warns against over the top measures

Airbnb is warning the UK government not to be heavy handed in its planning controls restricting the short lets sector. At the...

17 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Anger over Airbnbs and holiday lets needing planning consent

The new trade body for short lets has reacted angrily to a government plan for AirBnb and other short let hosts...

13 April 2023

From: Breaking News

New powers confirmed over holiday lets and second homes

New powers have been revealed to tackle what the Welsh Government calls the ‘problem’ of second homes.  A statement from the Senedd...

05 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents say Business Rate changes for branches are ‘not enough’

Letting agencies with physical offices are being presented with a new business rates system in the future. But Propertymark says the changes...

03 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Short Let registration fee must be reasonable insists Airbnb

Airbnb says any new rules for short lets in Wales should protect hosts and the benefits they bring to the tourism...

31 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Agent tells Gove: cease attacks on private rental sector

A prominent lettings agent in the north of England has written to Housing Secretary Michael Gove urging him to cease attacking...

22 March 2023

From: Breaking News

HMO clampdown spun as ‘preserving character of communities’

A clampdown on HMOs is to begin this week - and the council behind it is describing it as ‘preserving the...

21 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Warnings over conversions of commercial properties into housing

Propertymark is speaking out about problems with some conversions of commercial property into residential.The warning comes in the trade body’s response...

21 March 2023

From: Breaking News

It’s War! New council attack on ‘eyesore’ To Let boards

A council is set to renew its war on To Let boards. In summer 2018, Leciester council brought into effect a new...

16 March 2023

From: Breaking News

No blanket licensing required for short lets - Propertymark

Licensing for Airbnbs and similar short lets should be targeted in priority areas only and not the subject of blanket rules. That’s...

22 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents’ message to government - boost supply to end housing shortage

Agents’ body Propertymark wants more government action to boost housing supply - and it wants the views of the industry on...

01 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Net Zero Targets - Why no help for private rental sector to meet them?

Propertymark is querying why there’s no help for the private rental sector to meet energy efficiency targets expressed in a new...

17 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency - agents say new schemes must be rental-friendly

Propertymark wants the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy to widen access to cash help to those that need it...

30 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Government consultation launches to improve safety post-Grenfell

The government claims buildings will be made safer under new proposals including compulsory second staircases for new tower blocks. It says this...

28 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Actual rent rises may be below figures in surveys - claim

PropTech firm PayProp UK claims actual rent rises may be well below those suggested in some surveys. In response to the Scottish...

15 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Council spotlight on empty private homes - but not its own vacant properties

A council wants public views on empty private homes in its patch - but doesn’t want to talk about publicly-owned empty...

13 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Public back big tax rise for second home and lets owners

A consultation proposing a steep rise in council tax for second homes has won strong public support. Flintshire council in north Wales...

09 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Airbnb registration and short lets planning consent under consideration

The government is to open a consultation on whether residential properties should require planning consent to be used as short lets...

06 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Training for agents handling new council licensing scheme

A London borough is tomorrow holding an online training session for agents and landlords on how to submit a licence application...

06 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants will pay more for low-carbon home - Build To Rent firm’s claim

Research released today by Legal & General, a player in the Build To Rent sector, claims that renters are willing to...

02 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Freeze - time for agents to say what they REALLY think

Agents have only until the end of tomorrow, December 2, to feed into Propertymark’s response to a new consultation on the...

01 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Short Lets Licensing: Another council introduces regulation

Airbnb-style short-lets in another part of Scotland are to be subject to new licensing rules. The scheme, introduced by the Scottish Government,...

29 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Cut taxes and make them simpler! Agents’ plea to government

With only 48 hours to go before the Autumn Statement confirms stealth tax rises and massive public spending cuts, Propertymark has...

15 November 2022

From: Breaking News

London council kicks off three month licensing consultation

Over the next three months Redbridge council in London is consulting on proposals to renew selective licensing in the borough. It says...

14 November 2022

From: Breaking News

What's the future of Purplebricks lettings division?

Once again there is uncertainty over the future of the small lettings division of Purplebricks. The threat of redundancy hangs over staff...

25 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Menopause awareness at centre of agency's new wellbeing policy

Cluttons is rolling out a family and wellbeing policy to its employees this week, after several months of consultation. The policy will...

19 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents tell Truss & Co - “get realistic” over EPC rental targets

The agents’ trade body Propertymark says the government must “get realistic” over the difficulties involved in reaching Net Zero targets when...

17 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Freeze - Agents ask whether it’s even legal

It’s being reported in Scotland that Propertymark, along with other lettings sector trade bodies, are seeking legal advice on that country’s...

14 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Government may scrap plans to abolish Section 21

The government may be changing its mind on scrapping Section 21 eviction powers according to a bombshell story in The Times. Outlining what...

11 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Named and Shamed! Letting agents back controversial database

A controversial database which will allow widespread access to the identities of rogue letting agents and landlords has been backed by...

23 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent freeze already damaging key rental investment - claim

The Times says some Build to Rent investment has been paused as a result of the rent freeze imposed by the...

22 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent freeze “chaos” as politician cannot give details - claim

* Angels Media and Letting Agent Today are deeply saddened by the passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II * - The controversial rent...

09 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on HMOs continues as another council takes action

A consultation period has started on another council’s set of proposals to clampdown on HMOs. Blackburn with Darwen council wants to impose...

08 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Agent lashes out at “cheap political points” by rent freeze fanatics

A prominent lettings agency chief executive has lashed out at the “cheap political points” being scored by politicians in Scotland who...

07 September 2022

From: Breaking News

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