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KEYWORD "Parliament" - 100 RESULTS
RICS urges Labour to do more on housing

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors says it welcomes the new Labour government’s ambitious housing plans - but it also casts...

10 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Propertymark lukewarm on Labour housing reforms

Propertymark has struck a lukewarm tone in its response to Labour’s housing ambitions. The trade body says that to meet its manifesto...

10 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour “serious about change” and “grasping the nettle” - top agent

Labour’s proposed planning reforms indicates that the new government is serious about change and grasping the nettle on housebuilding. That’s the view...

09 July 2024

From: Breaking News

RICS urges Labour to move fast on housing pledges

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has congratulated Labour on forming the next government but says it must move quickly to...

08 July 2024

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Starmer names minister to steer through Rental Reform Legislation

Labour MP Matthew Pennycook has been named as the principal housing minister in the new government. He was shadow housing minister when...

06 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour’s Housing Policies - next five years start today

The biggest rental sector headline from Labour’s manifesto may well be its pledge for the “immediate” abolition of Section 21 eviction...

05 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Taxes and Rent Controls top worries ahead of election - agency survey

A nationwide survey conducted by Leaders Romans Group shows significant concerns over proposed rent controls, property taxes, and regulatory changes. LRG this...

04 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour will regulate lettings because it's a cheap option - claim

Labour is likely to make rental sector reform and regulation a priority - at least partly because it will be low-cost...

03 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Shock as agency demands Renters Reform Bill be passed ASAP

The Leaders Romans Group lettings agency chain is demanding that the new government elected tomorrow brings back the Renters Reform Bill...

03 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour Housing Plans hitting the ground running after Thursday

If Labour wins Thursday’s General Election. expect three major housing announcements within a fortnight. That’s the exclusive claim from the Sunday Times...

02 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Date set for King’s Speech for new government to reveal programme

Details have emerged of the first major events of the new government, whatever the result of the General Election on Thursday. Probably...

01 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Warning - new leasehold law ‘could take years to come into effect’

New rules on renewing leases may take years to come into effect, a leading property lawyer warns. The Leasehold Reform Act became...

28 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Activist claims “horrendous exploitation” by “profiteering” letting agents

The deputy chief executive of an organisation funded by the Nationwide Foundation claims to have suffered “horrendous exploitation” at the hands...

25 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Bidding Wars - letting agents mostly to blame, says campaigner

A ban on so-called bidding wars, which Labour now proposes, would have to include letting agents as well as landlords a...

24 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Shelter backs Labour eviction and housing policies

Shelter has spoken out in favour of what it calls “bold” commitments by Labour on the private rental sector and house...

14 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Section 21 to be scrapped by Labour immediately

Labour’s manifesto, just released, makes a pledge to enact the “immediate” abolition of Section 21 eviction powers, along with other private...

13 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Word-for-Word - Conservative Rental and Housing Manifesto Pledges

The Conservatives have this afternoon set out a 78-page manifesto, of which just over two pages are given to housing and...

11 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Pro-regulation Labour veteran takes over industry body leadership

The Property Institute - a body for the residential property management sector - has announced the appointment of a Labour baroness...

04 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Eviction Court Delays still in place for new government to resolve

A prominent solicitors’ firm says the failure of the Renters Reform Bill to become law may have attracted headlines but the...

03 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

Renters Reform Bill - will it become law by July 4?

A General Election has been called for July 4. So what happens to the Renters Reform Bill, which has been the subject...

22 May 2024

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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

Labour split as MP defies party policy and calls for rent controls

A Labour MP is calling for rent controls to be introduced, with powers for councils to tweak them as they see...

17 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Politicians should realise how rent controls force landlords out - call

The pressure on rents for new tenancies in Scotland’s private rented sector have started to ease with all major cities now...

10 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

Tenants pushing back against large rent rises: Knight Frank

Rental growth in prime London postcodes has narrowed to levels last seen in the summer of 2021, says Knight Frank.  Average rents...

08 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Lords won’t wreck Renters Reform Bill - trade body

A lettings sector trade body predicts that the House of Lords is unlikely to make substantive changes to the Renters Reform...

03 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Ground Rents defended by investors’ group

The ongoing debate over ground rents within Government is rapidly becoming a Parliamentary farce that could soon lead to an economic...

01 May 2024

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Tory says councils lose out by levying second home taxes

A politician is claiming that second home council tax premiums, where owners pay up to double the normal rate, is resulting...

01 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls - we’re unlikely to follow Scotland, says housing chief

The Housing Secretary in Wales says that nation is unlikely to follow the example of Scotland by introducing rent controls. At a...

30 April 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

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

Renters Reform Bill - groups still lobbying for further changes

A coalition of higher education and student housing organisations have called on the government to make further changes to the Renters...

26 April 2024

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Build To Rent claims it already conforms with Reform Bill ideals

A trade body representing Build To Rent operators claims that the sector “already accommodates the Bill’s proposals” in terms of tenants’...

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

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

Backing for Ground Rent Cap being announced this week

An amendment is expected to be made by the government to its Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill. The Bill, put forward by...

23 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Regulation of Property Agents - government slammed by Lords

The government’s failure to act on the Regulation of Property Agents (RoPA) working party - chaired by Lord Richard Best and...

22 April 2024

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Warning: rental reform could mean rewriting tenancy agreements

A lawyer says radical rental reforms proposed for Scotland - which could be a model for change in England and Wales...

16 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Reform Bill isn’t stopping buy to let investment claims agency boss

A prominent lettings agency claims the Renters Reform Bill is not proving a deterrent to buy to let investors. The Leaders Romans...

15 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Election hopeful demands New Towns to solve housing shortage

Labour must build “a new generation of New Towns” if it gets into government, according to a parliamentary candidate linked to...

12 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Leaseholder Right to Manage webinar for agents and landlords - free

Law firm Bishop & Sewell is hosting a webinar to give leaseholders information and advice about the Right to Manage, a...

12 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Rents Under Pressure in parts of London, admits top agency

Supply has continued to build while demand remained steady, which increased downwards pressure on rents in the first quarter of 2024...

09 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Gove accused of dragging his feet over agent regulation

The all-party House of Lords Industry and Regulators Committee has urged the government to get on with establishing a regulator of...

22 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Advice for agents on tenants with banned dog breeds

Propertymark is highlighting new advice for agents and landlords given by Lets With Pets, the website of The Dogs Trust charity. The...

20 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

New Banking Scandal as thousands of agency accounts are closed

A Parliamentary committee has heard that thousands of small and medium-sized letting agencies were debanked in 2023, with financial institutions forcibly...

11 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill threat to student accommodation, say experts

New research suggests that a majority of the British public believe the government should be doing more to support students find...

06 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Shelter demands radical changes to Renters Reform Bill

Shelter is asking for public support for radical changes to the Renters Reform Bill, now going through Parliament. The campaigning charity is...

26 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Gove’s Airbnb Crackdown - Criticism building

There’s growing anger over restrictions on private homeowners using their properties via Airbnb and other short let platforms. Earlier this week Housing...

21 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Housing Courts the best way to counter threat of S21 removal - claim

Propertymark is urging the Sunak government to introduce specialist housing courts with expert Judges who can expedite cases and create a...

15 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill - MPs set to be bombarded by emails

A pressure group unhappy about lack of progress on the Renters Reform Bill wants MPs to be bombarded with complaint emails.  Over...

12 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Government rules out council tax reform - no matter how unfair it is

The government has ruled out any reform to the council tax system. There has been long standing criticism of council tax because...

06 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Political uncertainty suggests ongoing landlord exodus, says Knight Frank

Prime London rental values fell closer to their longer-term average in January, as supply continued to increase - but worries about...

05 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

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

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

From: Breaking News

Mandatory Short Lets registration scheme to be introduced

A mandatory short lets registration and licensing scheme is to be introduced in part of the UK, described as a system...

11 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Details emerge of permanent rent control proposal

The controversial minister who steered rent controls through the Scottish Parliament has contacted Propertymark to reveal details of the next stage. Patrick...

05 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

Generation Rent claims Black people victimised by “outdated” Vagrancy Act

A group of rental activists claims that police in England are disproportionately using a 19th century law that criminalises rough sleeping...

28 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

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

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Renters Reform Bill at risk if councils aren’t given more cash - MPs

Measures contained in the Renters Reform Bill will fail without sufficient resources to ensure they can be enforced. The warning comes from...

13 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents list major problems with Renters Reform Bill

Propertymark has set out its pro-agency position on a range of issues contained in the Renters Reform Bill, currently trundling through...

07 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Leasehold Reform Bill wins praise from industry body

Michael Gove’s Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill, currently going through Parliament, has won praise from the industry body The Property Institute. There...

06 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents get angry with pro-rent control politicians

Propertymark has issued a strongly-worded statement aimed at politicians demanding rent controls. Labour Members of the Scottish Parliament have urged the declaration...

24 November 2023

From: Breaking News

New industry group includes agents and small landlord organisations

The first meeting has been held of the Housing Coalition, a new group including Propertymark and some landlord bodies. A statement from...

24 November 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

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

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

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls - Eco-activists jubilant after agents suffer legal setback

The Scottish Greens - who are in effect the architects of rent controls north of the border - have welcomed a...

06 November 2023

From: Breaking News

PropTech boss makes 22 amendments to Renters Reform Bill

A leading PropTech entrepreneur has written to MPs outlining detailed plans that he believes would ensure the controversial Renters Reform Bill...

26 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill passes Second Reading without a vote

MPs have given the Renters Reform Bill its Second Reading - a procedure which means it now continues into the Committee...

24 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill - government concession on Section 21

The government has pledged that section 21 repossessions will not be scrapped until improvements have been made to the way courts...

20 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Government may change rules governing Pooled Client Accounts

A government minister has pledged to act on the threat to lettings agents posed by banks acting against pooled client accounts. Many...

20 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Agency claims landlords not quitting rental sector in droves

A lettings agency - Leaders Romans Group - claims that landlords are not quitting the private rental sector in droves after...

19 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill - government announces next steps

The Renters Reform Bill is to get its long awaited Second Reading on Monday, October 23. The claim comes from today’s Financial...

18 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Rayner’s Section 21 Reform must not kill private rental sector - warning

Propertymark has fired a broadside at Labour saying it must provide agents with a proper court system to handle evictions. Labour deputy leader...

10 October 2023

From: Breaking News

MPs complain that rental reform questions go unanswered

The Select Committee that shadows the work of Michael Gove’s Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities is complaining that its...

20 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Tory MPs blamed for delaying Renters Reform Bill

The Financial Times, using sources in the Parliamentary Conservative party, are blaming some Tory MPs for blocking the route of the...

18 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

From: Breaking News

Incentives for private rental sector could help cut homelessness - claim

The private rental sector could play a far greater role in helping to end homelessness in Scotland, according to a new...

21 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Don’t just scrap Section 21 - reform the court system too

A lettings industry trade body has written to the government urging fundamental reform of the court system to prevent it grinding...

17 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Control political coalition likely to stay until 2026

The political alliance between the Scottish National Party and the Scottish Greens is likely to stay in place until 2026. Arguably the...

16 August 2023

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Renters Reform Bill attacked by another legal expert

Millions of UK landlords will be adversely affected by the Renters Reform Bill, a solicitor warns - the latest law expert...

10 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Impossible? The housing target Gove and Sunak must hit

Research from a property developer suggests that the government needs to deliver an average of 67,500 new homes a quarter by...

07 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill - Online course explains what it means

PropTech platform Goodlord has launched a one hour online course explaining the controversial Renters Reform Bill. The aim is to equip letting...

04 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Charity wants taxpayers money to help renters during crisis

Citizens Advice is calling on the government to provide an unspecified amount of assistance to renters during the current cost of...

31 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Charity slams government over gap between rents and benefits

Crisis, the homelessness charity, has slammed the government over the growing gap between housing benefit levels and even the lower end...

28 July 2023

From: Breaking News

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

Bank joins Shelter for Parliament stunt about Renters Reform Bill

The Co-Op Bank is joining forces with campaigning charity Shelter to argue against Section 21 evictions, and together they have organised...

19 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Threat of pets in lets shows need for inventories - claim

The increasing likelihood that the private rental sector will be obliged to allow more pets into lets simply demonstrates the need...

19 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

Council chief slams holiday lets 'tax subsidy' scheme

A Liberal Democrat council leader says all properties - even those in properly established lettings businesses - should be charged council...

15 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Rents to rise throughout summer - agency’s warning

Lettings chain Fine & Country says rents are likely to steadily rise through the summer. Nicky Stevenson, managing director of Fine &...

15 June 2023

From: Breaking News

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