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KEYWORD "Douglas " - 100 RESULTS
Agents join call for Radical Reform of inaccurate EPCs

Letting agents’ trade body Propertymark has backed a call by consumer group Which? for radical reforms to Energy Performance Certificates. Yesterday we...

19 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Guidance for Agents on smoke, heat and carbon monoxide alarms

Mandatory smoke, heat and carbon monoxide alarms will be introduced to private rented sector properties in Northern Ireland.    Under the Smoke, Heat...

11 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Many agents relieved Renters Reform Bill dropped - Propertymark

The agents’ trade body says many in the industry will be pleased that the Renters Reform Bill has bitten the dust...

28 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Propertymark wants Labour to come clean on rent controls

Propertymark wants Labour to come clean on its rent control policy, as the party repeatedly flip-flops on the issue. The agents’ body...

22 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Propertymark tells politicians - add agent regulation to Renters Reform Bill

As the Renters Reform Bill makes its way through the House of Lords, Propertymark has advised peers not to miss this...

17 May 2024

From: Breaking News

 Stop Killing Market with Rent Controls, agents tell minister

Propertymark has urged Scotland’s new First Minister to end the country’s housing emergency. John Swinney is now First Minister and says he...

08 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Political Chaos is perfect time to ditch rent controls - housing bodies

The political chaos in Scotland presents sensible politicians with an ideal chance to resent housing policies and ditch rent controls. That’s the...

29 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill “still misses the mark” says Propertymark

Propertymark says the controversial Renters Reform Bill still misses the mark, despite a string of amendments made to it as it...

26 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Propertymark not giving up on the Regulation of Property Agents

Propertymark says it will continue lobbying government for the implementation of the Regulation of Property Agents - even though the government...

24 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Changes to Renters Reform Bill after Easter

The government has written to Conservative MPs promising changes to the Renters Reform Bill to ease concerns over its anti-landlord bias. Jacob...

28 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents Furious at Permanent Rent Controls proposed by politicians

Agents have expressed their anger at permanent rent controls proposed by the SNP and Green Party politicians running the Scottish Government. The...

28 March 2024

From: Breaking News

No Rent Controls! Propertymark’s plea to leading politician

Propertymark has issued a no-holds-barred plea to the politician who has been named as the new housing minister in Wales -...

28 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Local Housing Allowance - momentum grows for annual increase

Propertymark is joining a growing chorus demanding an annual uprate of working age benefits and Local Housing Allowance. LHA rates have been...

25 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Low level of landlord awareness about Reform Bill contents

The removal of Section 21 notices and the end of fixed-term tenancies are the two issues that concern landlords the most,...

21 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents’ single demand of government - solve the housing emergency!

Propertymark has urged the Scottish Government to resolve the country’s ongoing housing emergency. The news comes as Scottish Labour MSP Mark Griffin...

20 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Leasehold Reform Bill wins a big thumbs-up from agents’ body

Propertymark has urged the Sunak government to press ahead with leasehold reform ahead of the Second Reading of the Leasehold and...

19 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Warning to Labour leader - no rent controls, yes to lower taxes

The new Labour leader in Wales, Vaughan Gething, has received an early shot across the bows from Propertymark. Gething was elected Welsh...

18 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Banks Closing Pooled Client Accounts - agents urge government action

Propertymark is urging the government to tackle the problem of banks closing down undesignated or pooled client accounts of letting agents. HM...

13 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Regulation of lettings agents imminent, suggests Propertymark

Propertymark says the regulation of agents has come a step closer.   The trade body gave evidence at a House of Lords Industry...

07 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill should include regulating letting agents, says Propertymark

Propertymark will appear in front of the House of Lords’ Industry and Regulators Committee tomorrow morning, urging the regulation of lettings...

05 March 2024

From: Breaking News

PropTech-savvy agency doubles portfolio …and explains how

Repairs and maintenance specialist Fixflo is running a webinar examining how one client, Umega, used PropTech to more than double its...

04 March 2024

From: Breaking News

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

Regional lettings group launches enhanced property management service

Arun Estates - parent company of 100 branches in south east England, including brands Cubitt & West, Douglas Allen, Pittis and...

08 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Third of agents seeing rent rises even at weakest time of year

Over a third of ARLA Propertymark members reported in December that rental prices have increased, according to their latest Housing Insight...

31 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents List Radical Changes needed to Renters Reform Bill

Propertymark's latest research report suggests some letting agents want radical changes to the Renters Reform Bill now going through Parliament.  The aim...

25 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

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

Agency snaps up rival and launches new city lettings division

Property agency James Douglas has acquired a rental service and launched its own lettings arm in the south Wales city of...

16 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Insurance Register must be free to use to help rental sector - ARLA

ARLA Propertymark has responded to the Scottish Parliament’s examination of the Housing (Cladding Remediation) (Scotland) Bill, calling for clarity on contributions...

29 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Regulate Agents in 2024 - Propertymark explains why it’s needed

Agents’ trade body Propertymark says the current debate on the Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill is another example of how agent...

22 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

Agents demand radical legal reform and a new Housing Court

Propertymark has listed a string of legal reforms it wants as part of the government’s modernisation of the court process -...

21 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Fairer Rental Sector is key Propertymark demand for Budget

Propertymark has laid out its proposals to the Scottish Government ahead of its 2024-25 Budget next week. The letting agents’ trade body...

15 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Politicians told - You’re wrong on additional homes tax surcharge

Propertymark has told politicians that an additional homes tax will not succeed in increasing housing supply. Timothy Douglas, head of policy and...

23 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents’ chief warns MPs on need for court reform and more bailiff capacity

Propertymark has called on the government to retain the option of fixed-term tenancies in the private rental sector where it is...

15 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill - MPs to hear agents’ worries today

A senior Propertymark official will today tell MPs of the industry’s concerns about the Renters Reform Bill. The Bill has reached the...

14 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill is ideal chance to regulate agents says Propertymark

Propertymark has written to Housing Secretary Michael Gove to remind him of the importance of regulating letting and estate agents. The trade...

13 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents’ role must be enhanced by Renters Reform Bill

The government has been warned by trade body Propertymark that the controversial Renters Reform Bill must fairly reflect the importance of...

23 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Independent agency snapped up by local franchise office

An independent agency managing 115 lettings units has been snapped up its local Belvoir franchise. Tim Hughes, owner of Belvoir Newbury, has...

10 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlords’ and tenants’ money lost in agency administration

Thousands of pounds of landlords’ money may be lost as a result of the administration of high-profile London lettings agency Douglas...

02 October 2023

From: Breaking News

EPC Relaxation: warning that boiler grant awareness still low

Propertymark has given strong support to the government’s “flexible and affordable” approach to the green policy agenda,  Timothy Douglas, Head of Policy...

22 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents demand incentives to make EPC improvements

Propertymark is backing a call for financial help for landlords who improve the energy efficiency of their properties. The think tank E3G...

04 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Propertymark on board with new Private Rental Sector group

Propertymark’s policy and campaigns director is one of the founding members of a body called the Landlord Leaders Community, which has just...

31 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents demand government clarity to combat Anti-Social Behaviour

Propertymark is supporting a new Anti Social Behaviour Awareness campaign, calling for greater clarity from government on how agents and landlords...

07 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents Tell Government: boost help for increasingly poor tenants

Propertymark has set out the case for an increase in benefits for private tenants. Timothy Douglas, Propertymark's Head of Policy and Campaigns...

03 July 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

Can courts cope with more eviction cases under new law?

The letting agent’s trade body Propertymark is concerned that the court system could buckle if eviction case numbers rise as a...

29 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Review taxes and boost supply - agents’ message to new party leader

Propertymark has given advice to the new Scottish National Party leader and Scotland’s First Minister, Humza Yousaf. The trade group’s head of...

29 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Foxtons spends millions on acquiring rival lettings agency

Foxtons has this morning confirmed that it’s acquired a rival London lettings agency. It has snapped up Atkinson McLeod for £7.4m: Foxtons...

06 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Boiler Upgrade Scheme - half of agents didn’t even know it existed

It’s been revealed that Propertymark contributed its thoughts to a Parliamentary committee which has slammed the failure of the government’s Boiler...

28 February 2023

From: Breaking News

MPs' idea for Rental Sector Ombudsman slammed by letting agents

Propertymark has hit out at a proposal from a group of MPs that there should be a single Ombudsman covering the...

13 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

Rival big-hitter agencies slug it out for lettings dominance

Two big-hitter agencies are slugging it out for lettings dominance in London, with both making announcements in a bid to cement...

27 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents tell government - get your act together

Propertymark has told a UK government to stop ignore the damaging effect of its policies on the private rental sector. An outspoken...

27 January 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

Rent Freeze politician in war of words with Propertymark chief

Propertymark has become embroiled in a war of words with a Scottish politician who has made a series of anti-agent and...

04 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let tax rise - agents angry at damage to rental sector

Letting agents in Scotland are angry at the Scottish Government for increasing the tax surcharge on buyers of buy to lets...

20 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents angry at Gove scrapping meaningful housing targets

Agents have expressed their anger at the government effectively scrapping any meaningful house building targets. Housing Secretary Michael Gove scrapped the mandatory...

12 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

Agents should have policies on minimum housing standards - Propertymark

Propertymark says letting agents should have clear policies and priorities to help ensure properties are kept to the highest standards possible.  The...

23 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Decent Homes Standard - councils need massive resources to enforce it

Propertymark backs government plans to introduce a social housing-style Decent Homes Standard in the private sector.   But it says there must be...

11 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls simply not needed, insists agents’ body

Propertymark has reiterated its opposition to rent controls in its latest statement on proposals in Northern Ireland. The NI Assembly has published...

04 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Not all landlords are wealthy! Message to politicians and officials

Propertymark’s head of policy and campaigns, Timothy Douglas, will explain how investment in the private rented sector can be better incentivised when...

28 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Sunak in No 10 - Sigh of relief from agents and industry

There seems to be an industry-wide sigh of relief that Rishi Sunak has become Prime Minister. His coronation marks the end of...

25 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Welcome Jeremy Hunt - will he last long enough to do anything?

The new Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, has been welcomed by the agency establishment - even though some may be wondering how long...

17 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Home Office to explain details of latest Right To Rent checks

Changes to Right to Rent checks will be explained in detail in the latest free webinar to be organised by Propertymark...

17 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Don't you dare freeze rents - agents' body tells politicians

Propertymark says there’s already been a decline in the number of homes available for rent in Scotland because of rising costs...

06 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Pets In Lets - no answer yet to issues of damage and costs

The latest update from industry discussions about allowing more pets in private rental properties suggests there’s not been a solution yet...

05 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental reform is the big debate at agents’ annual conference

The details of the Northern Ireland Private Tenancies Bill will be the main focus of the Propertymark annual conference in Belfast...

05 October 2022

From: Breaking News

On top of everything else! Rental law change this weekend

Propertymark is reminding letting agents in England to be ready for significant changes to the way they carry out Right to...

28 September 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

Prominent Truss-backer speaks out against rent controls

A prominent supporter of new Prime Minister Liz Truss has spoken out against rent controls.  Veteran Conservative MP Sir John Redwood, who...

08 September 2022

From: Breaking News

What do you really think of Airbnb and other short lets?

Propertymark is calling on letting agents to share their thoughts and experiences on the impact of Airbnb and other short lets.  At...

06 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Updated guidance for agents on smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

The government has issued detailed guidance ahead of a change in the law around smoke and carbon monoxide alarms coming into...

01 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Huge agency with 30,000 landlord clients snaps up another chain

Dexters, the London-focussed agency, has snapped up a four-branch chain operating in the capital. Dexters already has 30,000 landlords on its books...

26 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental reforms prompt independent agency to sell to larger rival

An agency has snapped up its second independent in 12 months. James Douglas Sales and Lettings has acquired Leek and Weston in...

22 June 2022

From: Breaking News

There will be NO rent controls in England - and that’s official

Housing minister Eddie Hughes has categorically stated that the government is not considering rent controls in England. In a written reply to...

08 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Agent regulation needed on top of rental sector reforms - Propertymark

Greater regulation of lettings agents, and all other property professionals, is required to ‘finish the job’ of reforming the industry which...

26 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Revolution - agents worried at government proposals

Agents have voiced their reservations over aspects of the widespread rental sector reform announced by the government in the Queen’s Speech. Yesterday...

11 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents letting high-rise flats ‘must engage with residents over safety’

Propertymark says one lasting legacy of the Grenfell Tower tragedy is that agents letting properties in high rise blocks must engage...

06 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Government should go further on ground rents, say agents

Propertymark has said that the government’s ban on ground rent on new leasehold properties should go further. The government revealed over the...

25 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Why Foxtons lettings performance is not what it seems

Foxtons has reported to its shareholders that its lettings revenue in the first quarter of this year was a stunning 21...

22 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents fight back in row over quality of private rental stock and repairs

ARLA Propertymark has hit back in this week’s debate on the quality of private rental property, following sharp criticism in a...

14 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agent Alert: new guidelines on Ukraine refugees, but grey areas remain

Industry trade body Propertymark says no Right To Rent checks will be required to be conducted by letting agents on Ukranian...

12 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agent Alert: new government code in force today

A new Home Office code of practice comes into force today making changes to what letting agents in England need to...

06 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents welcome energy efficiency VAT help for rental sector

There’s been a broad welcome from letting agents to the Spring Statement not loading more tax or restrictions on buy to...

24 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Top London agency acquires major lettings management platform

Major London agency Dexters has acquired the lettings business Howsy, which handles the property management of 6,000 units across the country. Dexters...

11 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Lettings success helps Foxtons to upbeat trading performance

The success of Foxtons’ lettings division has directly attributed to the London-focussed agency’s strong performance in the past year. A trading statement...

03 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Michael Gove slammed by agents over cladding comments

The criticism by landlords aimed at Housing Secretary Michael Gove for some of his comments regarding the cladding issue, has now...

25 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Who’s going to police new higher standards for rental sector?

ARLA Propertymark has identified a key weakness in the government’s ambitious plans to reform the private rental sector as part of...

03 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Include Buy To Let in cladding action - government support demanded

Propertymark has entered the debate about whether buy to let landlords should be amongst those receiving help from the government in...

01 February 2022

From: Breaking News

London letting agencies to integrate formally in February

The integration of the lettings division of London agency Douglas & Gordon into the lettings wing of Foxtons will happen next...

28 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Massive demand for pet-friendly lets, says Foxtons-owned agency

An agency owned by Foxtons says there’s been a 120 per cent surge in demand for pet-friendly rental properties since the...

10 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Reform tax, Beef up rogues database - Agents demand radical rental reforms

ARLA Propertymark has launched a radical programme of reform for the private rental sector - getting in before the government’s own...

15 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents raise alarm over high cost EPC targets for rental sector

ARLA Propertymark has fired a shot across the bows of the government as it aims to improve energy efficiency in the...

02 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Alarms - Agents kickback against ‘day one checks’

Agents have raised a specific concern about one aspect of a law change regarding carbon monoxide alarms.  Earlier this week the government...

25 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Why Scrap Section 21?  Possession cases are plummeting anyway...

New figures from the Ministry of Justice show a dramatic long-term decline in the number of possessions in the private rental...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent leader to speak at ARLA Propertymark conference

Baroness Alicia Kennedy, the director of Generation Rent, is to be one of the speakers in a debate at the ARLA...

09 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Residential wing of commercial firm snapped up by growing agency

Large scale Scottish factoring operation James Gibb Residential Factors has acquired the residential division of Aberdeen-based commercial property consultancy FG Burnett. The...

08 November 2021

From: Breaking News

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