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KEYWORD "Health and Safety" - 100 RESULTS
Short Lets Clampdown - More campaigners back Gove

Countryside campaigning charity CPRE has given a warm welcome to Michael Gove’s clampdown on short lets. Earlier this week Housing Secretary Michael...

23 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Radical changes to short let laws proposed by Michael Gove

Housing Secretary Michael Gove has this morning announced wholesale changes to planning and regulations surrounding short lets. His proposals include: - planning permission...

19 February 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

Propertymark backs controversial Airbnb registration scheme

Letting agents’ body Propertymark is throwing its weight behind a mandatory licensing and registration scheme for short let landlords. Anyone who lets...

12 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Warning over rechargeable device fires in rental properties

Insurance giant Aviva is urging consumers to be on their guard after seeing a seven per cent increase in customer claims...

11 January 2024

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

Agents warned over Electrical Installation Condition Reports crisis

Repairs and maintenance supplier Fixflo is warning agents of a surge in demand for Electrical Installation Condition Reports in the short...

19 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Carbon Monoxide Warning - test alarms as winter approaches

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents is issuing a stark warning to be aware of the dangers of carbon...

21 November 2023

From: Breaking News

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

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

Gove tells agents to identify and remedy damp and mould issues

New directives issued by the government put the emphasis firmly on private landlords and their letting agents to take responsibility for...

11 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Rental firm’s big fine for repair failures on five storey block

The company which owned and was responsible for a five-storey block of rented flats in Bridlington has been ordered to pay...

23 August 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

Three agents and landlord hit with massive fines for safety failings

Three property management companies and a landlord have been fined approaching £80,000 for health and safety failings. Mohammed Ali Abbas Rasool, Cadogan...

22 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Police and agents must work to stop Sex For Rent scandal

Propertymark has made a strident set of demands of the government in a bid to end the so-called Sex For Rent...

08 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

Inventories to become key as fire rules tighten further - claim

A trade body says inventories are set to play an increasingly important role in the private rental sector as fire regulations...

05 May 2023

From: Breaking News

New date set for revised fire regs for some rental units

New legal provisions within Section 156 of the Building Safety Act 2022 that form the latest part of the Home Office's...

06 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Over £25,000 fine for property management firm boss

The head of a property management company has been fined £25,800 after serious safety issues were discovered at a shared house...

16 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to regularly inspect to spot damp and mould

A combination of regular inspections and pro-active installation of ventilation can help to reduce the risk of dangerous damp and mould...

03 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Rightmove Qualifications - agents can book exams from this week

Lettings agents will be able to book their exam this week for the new Level 3 Certificate for Estate and Letting...

27 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Industry insider demands damp and mould rental property campaign

A national campaign warning about the dangers of damp and mould could help save lives, a property industry insider says. A recent...

08 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Ex-agent jumps aboard mould-risk bandwagon

A former lettings agent who now helps tenants take legal action against landlords says 25 per cent of the complaints he...

29 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents Working Alone - vital safeguarding webinar today

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks is hosting a webinar this evening for letting agents and other industry employers responsible for...

01 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Fire warning as agents and landlords mark Fire Door Safety Week

A safety training service is warning of “alarming statistics” showing an increase in the number of fires and fatalities and a...

01 November 2022

From: Breaking News

First AirBnb and short let licensing system starts this weekend

The first step within the UK to officially monitor Airbnb-style short lets comes into effect on Saturday, which is October 1. Scotland’s...

29 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents given model Gas Safety Week guidance

Propertymark, the letting agents’ trade body, has issued this guidance for agents to pass to landlords. It coincides with Gas Safety Week,...

13 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Managing Agents - new venture aims to improve links with clients

B-hive Block Management Partners has been chosen by a senior industry figure to launch her own block and estate management venture,...

01 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Retired agent put vulnerable tenant's life at risk, says court

A retired estate agent has pleaded guilty to three charges of breaching fire safety in Devon. Retired Force and Sons agent David...

18 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Warning some insulated rental properties may be unmortgageable

A warning has been issued that as many as 250,000 homes - some likely to be in the private rental sector...

18 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Smoke and carbon monoxide alarm changes start in seven weeks time

Yet another revision to the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations takes effect from October 1 - that’s just under...

15 August 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

Tenants at risk because of delay to rental reforms - claim

Renters are being placed at unnecessary risk due to a delay in reforms that would allegedly give them greater protection, it’s been...

22 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Pilot scheme finds high proportion of rental homes need work - claim

A council claims that a pilot licensing scheme has discovered a very high proportion of rental homes requiring improvement. Plans to extend...

01 July 2022

From: Breaking News

The party’s over for Airbnb

Airbnb says that its so-called ‘party ban’ - introduced in 2020 at the height of the pandemic - is being made...

30 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Reminder to Agents - new smoke and carbon monoxide rules coming up

A prominent agency lettings chief is alerting the industry that new smoke and carbon monoxide alarm rules are changing from October 1. Since...

22 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency boss hit with big fine for failing to produce documents

A landlord has been fined a four figure sum for failing to produce documentation for a council. Fathima Syeda Kauser of Luton pleaded...

16 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Carbon Monoxide rule change - agents urged to prepare

Agents are being urged to prepare for  changes to the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations which may come in this...

19 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Lettings trainer wants more public cash for rental enforcement

Lettings accreditation and training service Safeagent is calling on the government to make more public cash available for councils to exercise...

19 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

Thousands of tenants must accept “appalling conditions” - Shelter

Thousands of tenants have no choice but to accept “appalling conditions” according to the chief executive of campaigning charity Shelter. Polly Neate...

14 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Private rental property conditions and enforcement slammed by MPs

Private rental property conditions and the enforcement of regulations by councils and government have all been in the firing line from...

13 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls threat under discussion at Rightmove event

Rightmove’s April webinars for agents continue today with Daryl Mcintosh, Policy Manager at Propertymark, giving a legal and compliance update for...

06 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Campaigners demand council introduce city-wide licensing

Activists in the Acorn campaign group are lobbying a council in a bid to - in its words - “ban slum...

05 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Shocking case of property rental firm's open sewer in garden

A property management company has been fined for failing to repair an open sewer in the garden of a rental property. SRA...

01 April 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech Safety and Eco-Compliance platform set for expansion

A fast-expanding PropTech business has opened a new office in London to serve a growing client base in the capital and...

01 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents should act now ahead of Carbon Monoxide alarm laws

Trade body UKALA has cautioned letting agents to act now following the government announcement that it intends to extend the need...

31 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Controls on Airbnb are “hugely disproportionate’ - claim

New measures to reduce the impact of Airbnb and other short lets in Scotland are “hugely disproportionate” a property group claims. The Scottish...

21 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Letting agents warned - implement health and safety laws, or else

A council is warning letting agents to adhere to health and safety laws or else face the legal consequences. Telford & Wrekin...

10 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Five reasons why Airbnb and short lets should be regulated - MPs told

MPs and the wider public have been presented with a lengthy report on the growth of Airbnb and similar platforms across...

07 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Government failing to protect private renters, says watchdog

A report by the National Audit Office claims that the way private renting is regulated makes the sector unfair to renters. It...

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency must pay £80,000 after multiple fire risk failures

A London property managing agent has been ordered to pay more than £80,000 for safety failings which “exposed a potentially large...

08 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

Agents Alert: new Carbon Monoxide alarm laws revealed

The government has announced that carbon monoxide alarms must be fitted in all private rental properties with fixed appliances such as...

24 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: ‘information checklist’ to avoid potential fines and claims

A checklist for agents to help ensure they steer clear of unwanted fines or claims has been provided by the Guild...

20 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: new property management safety issue on the horizon

A property consultancy says it’s identified the next ‘landmine’ in the building safety saga facing agents and landlords around the country. Mary-Anne...

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

‘New challenges’ for agents posed by incoming Fire Safety law

Agents and landlords are being warned that the Fire Safety Act 2021 will make a huge impact on their responsibilities -...

13 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb launches scheme to give hosts health and safety information

Airbnb has launched a scheme it calls the UK Trust and Safety Alliance to offer hosts information on health, safety and...

23 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents give qualified support radical overhaul of rental sector in NI

Propertymark has given its broad support to a new Private Members Bill introduced into the Northern Ireland assembly, aimed at improving...

08 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Health and Safety: Time limit announced for smoke alarms

Rental and other households should replace optical smoke alarms every 12 years unless manufacturers recommend otherwise, according to a study by...

01 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Renters deterred from moving because of Covid safety worries

A poll of over 1,300 renters by a flat share platform suggests that over half have been deterred from moving in...

10 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent uses council to secure electrical inspection at private flat

A local authority has explained its role in ensuring that a private landlord could arrange for an electrical safety inspection to...

02 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Council offers free online training for letting agents

A council is offering free training to letting agents, via online courses starting next Monday. Dorset council says it wants to work...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

App claims to improve safety for letting agents

A new CRM which calls itself as “a transformative new technology” says its latest app aids safety for agents. The latest version of the...

21 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Jack Reid Founding Director of Orlando Reid

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Jack Reid Founding Director of Orlando Reid  In your experience,...

12 May 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Rent Repayment Order threat to property company owner

A London council has taken a landlord company to court after complaints of poor housing conditions in five of its rented...

06 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Letting agent in court over unlicensed rent-to-rent HMO

A letting agent has been fined £11,500 for breaking HMO houses and fire safety rules at a property he manages. Agent Benjamin...

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists blast councils for failing to act over “unsafe rental properties”

Councils are failing to protect tenants in three out of four cases where they discover rental homes are unsafe, according to...

29 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Fire leads to five figure fine for property company

A property company and its director will have to shell out £10,000 after a blaze left six tenants homeless in the...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Alert: Updated government guidance on possession action

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has issued updated guidance to include the recent extension of the bailiff enforcement...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Management firm and landlord guilty of 27 safety breaches

A property company and a landlord have each been found guilty of 27 charges relating to the management of two properties...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to create paper trail on electrical compliance

Changes to electrical safety standards rules applying to existing tenancies came into force at the start of the Easter break and...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent Alert - New electrical check regulations kick in next week

The private rental sector has new electricity regulations taking effect next week, putting the emphasis on agents and landlords. The Electrical Safety...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents should ring colleagues during viewings to check safety - ARLA

ARLA Propertymark is asking agent members to ensure the safety of lone workers in branches and on viewings. A statement from the association...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Help bring rental sector Health and Safety up to date, agents urged

Letting agencies are being urged to help to shape the future of the rental sector by completing a survey as part...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Tough new fire regulations for HMOs and multi-tenancy buildings

Landlords and managing agents of HMOs could face unlimited fines following new measures being brought in to strengthen fire safety, the...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents hit with third-of-a-million pounds bill over poorly-managed HMO

An agency has been hit with a £330,000 bill after being found guilty of poor management of an HMO. Magistrates have found...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Victory for Airbnb in first round of battle for short lets regulation

A first attempt to regulate Airbnb-style short lets through licensing has been withdrawn. The SNP-led Scottish Government had drawn up a licensing...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

London council says licensing regimes ‘make renting fairer’

A London council describes two new licensing schemes as ‘making renting fairer’ - even though they are launched during the pandemic. Islington’s Labour...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ alert over electricity checks as government digs in over deadline

Letting agents have been told to document all arranging, planning and scheduling of work related to electrical checks in a bid...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Fifth of city’s private rental homes have serious problems - claim

A council claims that as many as a fifth of all the private rental sector homes in its area have a...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

New fire and smoke alarm laws delayed until early 2022

The Scottish Parliament has postponed new fire and smoke alarm legislation for 12 months. This move, by its local government committee, follows...

23 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency chief and landlord prosecuted over fire safety

Two landlords in the same town - one the director of a lettings firm - have been prosecuted as their properties...

08 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Some agents have atrocious compliance failures, claims expert

A lettings expert claims that many agents are failing to comply with appropriate legislation, rendering their landlord clients liable for legal...

27 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Fire service wins case involving multiple safety breaches

One person had to be rescued from a fire after their landlord failed to ensure they had a working fire alarm...

27 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Seven weeks for agents to respond to Carbon Monoxide consultation

Lettings agents have until January 11 to respond to the latest consultation proposal stiffening health and safety in the private rental...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) Checklist

Lettings agents, property managers and landlords should all be aware of the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018. The Act...

29 October 2020

From: Legislation & Compliance

Suspended sentences after rental property carried “risk of death”

Two suspended sentences, community service, a fine and disqualification from being a director - those form the penalty for a rogue...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Online rental platforms should do more to stop criminal scams - call

A new report demands that online rental platforms and portals allowing direct advertising by clients do more to deter fake landlords...

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord must pay over £20,000 and “up his game” in future

A landlord taken to court by a council has ended up with a bill in excess of £20,000.  Dennis Goodwin of Highbury...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Mandatory electrical checks in overdrive as tenant demand surges

Letting agents are being warned they are likely to face a higher number of mandatory electrical checks as the sector expands...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Fear that stamp duty holiday could produce spate of unsafe rentals

A trade body is reminding new landlords tempted by the stamp duty holiday of the raft of health and safety measures they...

11 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents and landlords fined tens of thousands in vermin scandal

Two London landlords and their lettings agents will have to pay tens of thousands of pounds after a home they were letting...

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Confused over electrical regulations? This Facebook Q&A may help...

Reports into Letting Agent Today suggest there’s still some confusion over new regulations surrounding electrical checks in the private rental sector. If...

29 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Fire brigade chief praises new rental sector electricity regulations

London Fire Brigade’s deputy assistant commissioner for fire safety has praised the new safety regulations which have now come in to...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Solicitor in key S21 test case warns of future challenges ahead

A solicitor involved in the Court of Appeal case which ruled in favour of the private rental sector has spoken of...

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New safety checks may hit thousands of rental properties, fears ARLA

The government has released new guidance regarding electrical safety checks - and there's a worry it may include thousands of additional...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Short let sector prepares to re-open with rigid cleaning protocols

The short let sector says it’s been agreed that it can open Airbnb and similar platforms for bookings from July 4...

12 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Council warns rental sector after “scary” fire at HMO

A local council is warning the HMO rental sector that tenants may be put at unnecessary risk as a result of...

04 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Testers' guide to electrical safety checks arriving next month

Accreditation service NAPIT has produced a publication for the rental sector ahead of new electrical safety checks coming into force for...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

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