ARLA's campaign for compulsory CMP takes a positive turn

Friday 22 April 2016

There was welcome news for ARLA's campaign for mandatory Client Money Protection (CMP) last week as the amendment was added to the Housing and Planning Bill after being accepted by Government at report stage.

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Transparency and anti-corruption

Thursday 21 April 2016

There's been a lot of action over the last couple of weeks aimed at tackling corruption and increasing transparency from both Parliament, in the form of a Private Members Bill which aims to create a register of property owners for London, and the Government who announced a taskforce following the release of the Panama Papers.

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Competing with pure online agencies

Thursday 21 April 2016

There’s a new breed of competitors in town. Actually, they’re not in town, but they’re making a lot of noise. They are the pure-play online agents, who operate away from the high street, and who use the power of the internet to attract and service their customers. Your customers.

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ICO says understanding of Data Protection needs to improve

Thursday 14 April 2016

The Information Commissioner's Office has released its findings from an enquiry aimed at gaining a better understanding of the data handling practices, information risks and challenges facing organisations in the residential sales and lettings sector.

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House of Commons Library release detail on planning reforms

Friday 08 April 2016

The House of Commons Library released its briefing paper detailing the various planning reforms proposed by the Government.

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Labour consultation on housing policy

Friday 08 April 2016

You have until 8 June to make your views about housing policy known to the Labour party. Ideas and solutions will then be discussed a the National Policy Forum in the summer.

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NAEA on the radio - SDLT

Thursday 07 April 2016

The 3% stamp duty surcharge came into effect on 1 April for buy-to-let properties which sees stamp duty go from £2,500 to £10,000 on a typical £250,000 property. This meant that many investors were keen to get deals done to avoid paying more post 1 April.

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Back to basics - what are NAEA Masterclasses?

Wednesday 06 April 2016

To be at the top of your game as a property professional, you need to understand the frequently changing legislation that governs your industry, and how it impacts on your business. Doing so will ensure you can continue to offer the best advice to your clients, win new business and earn that commission!

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House Prices up a massive 7.9% and new ONS report from June

Wednesday 06 April 2016

It's been a busy month for the ONS, having released their latest House Price Index report which shows a massive 7.9% increase in house prices across the UK, and also announcing a big shake up in the way the report will be produced.

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NAEA response to consultation on Beneficial Ownership Transparency

Tuesday 05 April 2016

The BIS consultation on Beneficial Ownership Transparency aimed at preventing corruption in the UK has now closed. We said that the current system makes it extremely difficult for Estate Agents to determine the beneficial owner when a property is owner by a foreign trust or corporate entity and gave our reasoning for implementation of the new register.

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Government plans for 1 in 5 new builds to be a Starter Home

Monday 04 April 2016

DCLG have announced its plans to introduce legislation that will ensure 1 in 5 new homes on sites of 10 or more must be Starter Homes.

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