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KEYWORD "Housing Minister" - 100 RESULTS
Reform Bill collapse is “significant setback” claims letting agency boss

The failure of Labour and Conservatives to agree that the Renters Reform Bill should become law by July 4 has been...

28 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Housing Minister to address agents ahead of General Election

Housing minister Lee Rowley will be taking centre stage at the largest property agency conference in the UK this summer, Propertymark...

30 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Toxic attitude to Private Renting may now change, hopes lettings chief

A prominent lettings agency operator says he hopes the “toxic” attitude to the private rental sector by the Scottish Government may...

26 April 2024

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Extraordinary 200 amendments to Renters Reform Bill in Commons today

There’s a huge number of amendments to the Renters Reform Bill, which has its Third Reading in the House of Commons...

24 April 2024

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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

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

No scrapping fixed term tenancies - new appeal over Renters Reform Bill

Propertymark has emphasised the importance of retaining fixed term tenancies under the Renters Reform Bill. Propertymark chief executive Nathan Emerson met Housing...

18 March 2024

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Tory ex-housing minister quits, claiming he was a success

A former housing minister responsible for the sell off of huge numbers of social homes has told the Prime Minister he...

18 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour has waded into the increasingly-fractious debate over the Renters Reform Bill. Activists in groups such as the Renters Reform Coalition and...

29 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks boss slams Tories in unexpected attack

While most agents remain relatively tight lipped about party politics, the chief executive of Purplebricks has said the Tories should take...

13 February 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

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Labour call for agents’ qualifications is “laughable and silly”

A law professor has dismissed a Labour call for agents to have qualifications as “eye poppingly silly” and “snobby.” Labour’s shadow housing...

30 January 2024

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Tory ex-housing ministers at war over Rishi Sunak’s premiership

Two former housing ministers are at war with each other after an attack on Rishi Sunak’s premiership in today’s Daily Telegraph. Sir...

24 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

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Labour will keep Right To Buy in England if it wins election

Labour says it will keep the controversal Right To Buy policy in England if it wins this year’s General Election. This is...

02 January 2024

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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

Freeholders slammed by former Tory housing minister

Former housing minister Rachel Maclean - the victim of a shock sacking by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak last month - has...

15 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Housing minister backs Build To Rent

New housing minister Lee Rowley has spoken out in favour of Build To Rent. At the inaugural Build To Rent Innovators conference...

08 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Section 21 - Angry MPs slam Michael Gove over ongoing delay

A row has broken out over Section 21 between Michael Gove’s Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, and an all-party...

16 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

New Housing Minister is ... a former housing minister

The new Housing Minister is Lee Rowley - who was a former housing minister during the short lived premiership of Liz Truss. Rowley...

13 November 2023

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New survey to help politicians make rental policy

The Welsh Housing Minister has committed to a Housing Survey to assist its policies for the private rental sector. Propertymark has been...

27 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Gove to be quizzed on Renters Reform Bill

Housing Secretary Michael Gove will address the main Conservative party Conference on Tuesday morning next week - but perhaps his most...

28 September 2023

From: Breaking News

MPs back to work but Renters Reform Bill clarity still awaited

Parliament resumes today following its summer recess but there is still a lack of detail on aspects of the Renters Reform...

04 September 2023

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Renters Reform Bill to cost letting agents millions - new analysis

The Renters Reform Bill will cost letting agents over £275m in the next decade as fewer landlords use their services. That’s the...

26 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Strict Airbnb controls still on the agenda says politician

The Scottish Government does not intend to abandon its licensing scheme for Airbnbs and other short term lets, nor to delay...

20 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents told to lobby MPs over Renters Reform Bill

It appears almost certain that the Second Reading of the Renters Reform Bill - expected some weeks ago - will not...

14 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Anti-Social Behaviour definition to widen to help agents, landlords

It appears that a “wider range of behaviours” are likely to be taken into account in future when tenants are considered...

14 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls backfire - Propertymark speaks out

Propertymark has given details of how it believes the Scottish Government rent control system has backfired and works against the interests...

11 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill to be discussed by MPs this afternoon

The Renters Reform Bill is being discussed by MPs this afternoon - although not as part of its long-running passage through...

10 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill measures may be extended - BBC report

The BBC says discussions are underway to extend the Renters Reform Bill to specifically outlaw any rental listing banning families and benefit recipients...

06 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Animal campaigners recruit MPs to argue for renters' rights

Two animal charities - Cats Protection and Dogs Trust - have started recruiting MPs to their campaign in favour of pets...

13 June 2023

From: Breaking News

MPs to receive letting agents’ briefing on Renters Reform Bill

Propertymark says it’s going to send a briefing on behalf of letting agents to every MP and member of the House...

23 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Surcharge: Labour considers raising it even higher

Labour is considering raising the buy to let and holiday home stamp duty surcharge above the current three per cent if...

12 May 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

Six Housing Ministers in 12 months!

It appears likely that Rachel Maclean is set to become the sixth housing minister in 12 months, replacing Lucy Frazer. In the...

08 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Not Enough! Six per cent rent rise cap is too harsh, agents warn

The U-turn by politicians in Scotland who ended a complete rent freeze doesn’t go far enough, says Propertymark. At the end of...

24 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent freeze U-turn welcomed by leading agent

Ruling politicians in Scotland have agreed that from April private rents can rise by 3.0 per cent in a 12 month period...

20 January 2023

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Gove urged to appoint a ‘Healthy Housing Minister’

Housing Secretary Michael Gove is being asked to take urgent action over housing conditions across social and private rental sectors.  Following the...

13 December 2022

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Revealed - the junior housing ministers working with Gove

As the Rishi Sunak government’s lower ranks finally take shape, the junior ministers working with Housing Secretary Michael Gove have been...

31 October 2022

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Agency makes lavish claim for future growth of Build To Rent

The advocates of Build To Rent have made another ambitious target for the sector’s growth.  Research from the British Property Federation and...

25 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent controls crush hopes for thousands of affordable homes

A Labour peer who was to have invested £1 billion in affordable homes has halted his scheme because of the threat...

19 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Activists delighted at abolition of Section 21

Campaigners who turned on the Prime Minister on Tuesday were cock-a-hoop just 24 hours later when Liz Truss did another U-turn...

13 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

Labour's plans for private renting - if it wins the next election

Shadow housing minister Lisa Nandy has unveiled a Charter for Renters which she says will be implemented within 100 days of...

27 September 2022

From: Breaking News

New housing minister confirmed - a former estate agent

In a late night announcement it was confirmed by the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities that Lee Rowley MP...

21 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform future uncertain as new housing minister stays quiet

Lee Rowley is the new housing minister, specifically responsible for taking charge of the government’s rental reform agenda. The government has confirmed...

20 September 2022

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We need a Minister for Renting says lettings marketing chief

A Build To Rent promotional website appears to be ruing the day that Boris Johnson sacked Michael Gove from his role...

16 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Tory duo warned not to delay rental reform - key supplier speaks out

A prominent trade body is warning Tory leadership candidates not to put rental reform on the back burner and add to...

03 August 2022

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Propertymark group lobbying politicians ahead of rental reforms

Propertymark has set up a working group of experts, agents, landlords and stakeholders in response to radical reforms to the private...

18 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Johnson loyalists made temporary housing ministers

The Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has been packed with MPs loyal to outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson, as...

11 July 2022

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Activists begin lobbying new Conservative housing chief

Within two hours of Greg Clarke being appointed by Boris Johnson as the new Housing Secretary, the leader of Generation Rent...

08 July 2022

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Question mark over rental reform as housing ministers quit

If housing really is seen by Prime Minister Boris Johnson as one of his key policy goals, there must be uncertainty...

07 July 2022

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Conservative lettings agent lets rip at government over regulation delays

The former president of ARLA Propertymark has made an outspoken attack on the government for failing to regulate the agency industry. Maxine...

30 June 2022

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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

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

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Don’t delay Renters Reform Bill again - agents warn government

ARLA Propertymark is warning the government that it should not delay further on its long-awaited Renters Reform Bill, because of the...

17 May 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

Minister warns letting agents over higher energy charges

Agents and landlords are being warned by a government minister not to charge all-inclusive HMO tenants more than necessary in a...

05 April 2022

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Agents trade body teams up with pro-pets group for survey

Letting agents are to be quizzed to establish the true cost of damages to rental accommodation by tenants. The “What’s the damage?”...

04 April 2022

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Minister Madness! Industry supplier hits out at politicians

A prominent industry supplier has hit out at what he calls “the merry go round of housing ministers” following yet another...

22 March 2022

From: Breaking News

What future for rental reform under new housing minister?

Housing ministers come and go with brutal frequency in UK governments of all colours, so yesterday’s departure of Chris Pincher -...

09 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Further Rental Reform White Paper scheduled for the spring

It’s now been made clear that there will be a detailed White Paper in the spring explaining radical changes to the...

07 February 2022

From: Breaking News

New Covid guidance to letting and estate agents

Propertymark, the main industry trade body, has this evening updated its guidance on Covid safety for letting and estate agents in England.  - Isolation...

11 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Omicron - government guidance for private rental sector this winter

Housing minister Chris Pincher has written an open letter to all landlords and agents in England, telling them how to enact the...

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Alarm Law Change: trade body backs ‘equality’ measures

The UK Association of Letting Agents says it welcomes new rules for alarms which put the social and private rental sectors...

02 December 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: rental reform – how can tech help tenants?

‘Generation rent’ was a term first coined in 2011 by the Halifax in a survey on the future of homeownership. It...

01 December 2021

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Government delays Rental Reform White Paper until 2022

The Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities says the long-awaited Rental Reform White Paper will now not be published until...

29 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Government reveals rent arrears package for tenants in England

Letting agents in England with tenants in rent arrears because of Covid are to be helped via a council-run £65m rent fund. Although...

23 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Short Lets Crisis - council urges action from Housing Minister

A council has written to Housing Minister Chris Pincher calling for a new approach to the short lets issue. Oxford council leader...

01 September 2021

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Agents growing impatient with government over Covid arrears

Agents say not enough is being done to help tenants with Covid-related problems - and that’s despite the issue repeatedly being...

19 July 2021

From: Breaking News

New bid by politician to ban buy to let at key development

A politician is stepping up his bid to ban buy to let purchasers acquiring any units at a 150-home scheme. ITV News...

05 July 2021

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Agents link with rental activists to demand help to clear Covid arrears

Propertymark has joined forces with the likes of Generation Rent and Shelter to step up the campaign for the provision of...

16 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour’s new housing chief wants to work with Tories to scrap S21

Labour’s Lucy Powell, the party’s new housing spokesperson, says she wants to work with the Conservatives to scrap Section 21 eviction...

02 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent Alert: Change to eviction notice periods from today

The ban on bailiff-enforced evictions is now finally at an end and from today there is a change to the notice...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Full details of Notice and Eviction changes

The government has announced changes to tenancy notice periods in line with the phased easing of the pandemic restrictions.  Whilst some notice...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

First modular eco-homes to rent delivered to new town

New modular homes built to rent have been delivered to Northstowe, a new town in Cambridgeshire.  Each Town House home has been...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent anger about latest extension of six month notice period

ARLA Propertymark says its disappointed over the latest extension to an eviction ban and the requirement for six months notice to tenants. The latest...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Pioneering clampdown on short lets gathers pace

Scotland’s official clampdown on short lets is gathering pace with the country’s housing minister advocating a licensing regime and so-called ‘control...

05 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

Renters Reform Bill minister quits government after “devastating news”

One of the housing ministers with responsibility for the introduction of the controversial Renters Reform Bill in the near future has...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour in Commons onslaught about Coronavirus evictions 

Two Labour MPs have made extensive claims about the number of evictions from the private rental sector likely to happen if...

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Small number of tenancies end with deposit disputes, says government

Only 0.3 per cent of all tenancies in England and Wales ended with a dispute over the deposit in the six...

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Pressure now on Sunak to raise stamp duty on buy to lets - claim

A leading property law expert says there is now pressure on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to raise stamp duty on buy to...

30 December 2020

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

Agents demand 12 month delay in new electrical safety rules

ARLA Propertymark has written to the government to voice fears that letting agents will not be able to comply with new...

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents’ group recommends referral fee policy of transparency

The UK Association of Lettings Agents is recommending transparency in relation to the disclosure of referral fees to landlord clients. Last month...

09 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Another 12 months to make referral fees more transparent

Agents have another 12 months to make referral fees more transparent according to an update from the National Trading Standards Estate and Letting...

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Government tells agents: Be considerate over tenant referencing

The government is urging agents and landlords to be “considerate” when deciding whether to accept tenants on the basis of their...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agents escape referral fees clampdown - at least for now

It appears lettings agents may have escaped the recommended demands for referral fees to be made more transparent to customers. A statement...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill pushed into the long grass?

It appears that the Renters Reform Bill - a key measure in the 2019 Conservative General Election manifesto - has been...

25 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware - no bailiffs to complete evictions between these dates

The government has revealed the dates of its so-called Christmas eviction truce. Agents will not be able to instruct bailiffs to complete...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Shock bid to block evictions to be made this week in House of Lords

A Liberal Democrat Baroness says she is to make a last-ditch bid in the House of Lords tomorrow to stop evictions...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New restrictions likely for Airbnb and other short-lets north of the border

A consultation process by the Scottish Government may herald stricter restrictions on Airbnb and similar short let platforms north of the border. The...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban ends but it’s under “constant review” insists minister

Housing Minister Chris Pincher says the eviction ban is formally over but the situation remains under “constant review” as the second...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Government thinks Brexit more important than tenants, says Labour

Labour’s housing spokeswoman has accused the government of wasting the last four weeks before the eviction ban ended by putting its...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions ban: agents set out wishlist as landlord costs top £530m

Ahead of the evictions ban being lifted on Sunday, ARLA Propertymark has written to Housing Minister Robert Jenrick, setting out a...

17 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants must get interest-free loans to clear Covid arrears - agent

A scheme providing interest-free loans to tenants with Covid-related arrears should be offered across the UK. That’s the view of David Alexander...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Top politician wants rethink of six month possession period

A leading politician is calling for a rethink of the six month possession period which has been imposed in Wales. Mark Isherwood,...

07 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Section 21: Lib Dems want government to finally scrap it

A Liberal Democrat bid is underway to accelerate the government timetable to scrap Section 21. The Renters’ Rights Bill put forward by government...

27 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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