Plans in place to abolish leasehold for all new homeowners

Thursday 27 June 2019

In a wide-ranging speech to the Chartered Institute of Housing conference in Manchester, the Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP confirmed plans to abolish the selling of new houses in England as leasehold and reduce ground rents for new leases to zero – putting cash back into the pockets of future homeowners.

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Propertymark pressure leads to New Homes Ombudsman announcement

Thursday 27 June 2019

Following the NAEA Propertymark’s call that purchasers of new build homes should have access to an ombudsman scheme, the UK Government has launched a consultation on the New Homes Ombudsman.

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Ground Rents Reform Bill introduced

Wednesday 26 June 2019

A parliamentary Bill has been introduced which plans to see ground rents capped and over 100,000 trapped leaseholders enabled to sell their homes.

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Report says Governments 300,000 home target has no clear plan

Wednesday 26 June 2019

The Public Accounts Committee’s recent Planning and the Broken Housing Market report acknowledges the UK Government’s ambitious target of delivering 300,000 new homes per year by the mid-2020s, but says it has little chance of being achieved.

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Nominations for the Propertymark Qualifications Awards 2019 are now open

Wednesday 26 June 2019

The awards, for learners in the property sector, are the chance to celebrate colleagues or employers you believe deserve recognition.

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Government consultation on updates made to HS2

Monday 24 June 2019

Following the last update in 2017, the UK Government has announced updates to the Safeguarding Directions (safeguarded zone) and zoned property schemes for the Phase 2b section of the route.

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Cyber security online training

Friday 21 June 2019

The Government worked with leading industry partners to develop free courses to help all businesses understand online threats and how to protect business data, money and reputation.

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Test your AML knowledge

Friday 21 June 2019

How well do you know the Anti-Money Laundering Regulations 2017? With the Fifth Anti-Money Laundering directive coming into force on 10 January 2020, are there any gaps in your knowledge and are you working within the law so far? You could face penalties of huge fines or even a prison sentence if you fail to comply.

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2019 sees Bank of Mum and Dad digging even deeper

Tuesday 18 June 2019

The Bank of Mum and Dad (BoMaD) forks out even more in 2019 as family and friends spend an average £6,000 more than in 2018 to help loved ones onto the housing ladder.

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The beginning of a new era

Monday 17 June 2019

On 14 June, after several weeks of voting for board and presidential roles, Propertymark’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) revealed who will be taking us forward into the coming year.

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Agents from across UK come together to set direction of travel for Propertymark

Friday 14 June 2019

The Propertymark Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place on 14 June at the St Martins Lane Hotel, London, attended by a small group of members, some of whom had travelled from across the country. The Annual Report and Accounts had been shared with members earlier in the month and voting for board and presidential roles had been going on for several weeks.

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The summer of change for estate and lettings agents

Friday 14 June 2019

Lloyd Clarke, Partner at Attwells Solicitors writes for Propertymark and discusses the expansion of National Trading Standards and how this impacts the estate and letting agency sector.

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Four agencies investigated in latest cartel case

Friday 14 June 2019

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) provisionally found four agencies of breaking competition law by taking part in a price fixing cartel.

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Report finds that most buyers did not need Help to Buy

Thursday 13 June 2019

The National Audit Office (NAO) report has found that two-thirds of homebuyers who used the Government's Help to Buy scheme could have bought a home without it.

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CMA launches leasehold investigation

Wednesday 12 June 2019

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has officially launched its inquiry into the leasehold market to look at whether consumers are being treated fairly.

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Government announces investment of £142 million to help hit 300,000 homes a year

Wednesday 12 June 2019

The money will be spent so that land can be made ready for development and will see up to an additional 8,500 properties being built.

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Propertymark acts to protect the legitimate business interests of its members

Tuesday 11 June 2019

With a possible breach of the Tenant Fees Act 2019 and Consumer Rights Act 2015 by an aggregator portal, placebuzz.com, Propertymark investigated to protect its members from liability, and importantly, protect consumer rights.

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Love for the commonhold people

Thursday 06 June 2019

Propertymark speaks to Stewart Moxon, Director of Hopton Build (Yorkshire) Ltd on the subject of commonhold and what it means.

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Propertymark membership - are your staff using it as a USP?

Thursday 06 June 2019

In Propertymark’s most recent member survey the top reason that members give for staying in membership is credibility. This backs up previously collected data that shows Principals, Partners and Directors join Propertymark to give their agency an additional unique selling point (USP) while individuals join to demonstrate their commitment to professionalism.

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Future gazing

Wednesday 05 June 2019

The University of Oxford Research has recently released a report – The Future of Real Estate Transactions. Here’s a summary of the report from one of the authors, qualified surveyor Professor Andrew Baum.

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First time buyers to dip into pension says Housing Secretary

Tuesday 04 June 2019

James Brokenshire MP gave a speech at The Policy Exchange think tank in London where he mentioned the possibility of young, first time buyers drawing from their pensions in order to help them get onto the property ladder.

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Report aims to tackle land ownership

Tuesday 04 June 2019

A new report commissioned by the Labour Party considers radical reforms to land policy in order to address “many of the problems and injustices of British society”.

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PRS Trajectory Stakeholder Workshops ahead of consultation

Tuesday 04 June 2019

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is hosting a series of workshops across the UK where they will discuss policy options for minimum energy efficiency standards in the private rented sector, in advance of a formal consultation.

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