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  • Demand for rental property at all time high

    March 13, 2020

    ARLA Propertymark produces regular reports on the private rented sector and their latest findings show that demand for rental property has hit an all-time high. This is against a backdrop of falling supply of rental stock...

  • Cutting the Cost of New Homes

    March 6, 2020

    The Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick MP, has announced a new scheme to help first-time buyers to get onto the housing ladder. The First Homes scheme will cut the cost of some new homes by a third and will mean that the discount will be carried forward each time the property is sold, so that future first-time buyers continue to benefit...

  • Call on Chancellor to Change Landlord Taxation

    February 21, 2020

    Prior to the Cabinet reshuffle last week which saw Rishi Sunak replace Sajid Javid, as Chancellor, ARLA Propertymark had submitted suggestions to HM Treasury on new policy ideas to be included in the 2020 Spring Budget...

  • Rental Shortage Must be Addressed

    February 14, 2020

    I have written numerous times about the increasing legislation being imposed on the private rented sector and the impact this is having on the landlords, who own maybe one or two properties and on whom the market relies. We are seeing even long-term landlords selling up and exiting the sector and the implications of this are something the Government must address to secure housing needs in this...

  • More Legal Changes in 2020 – You Need to Know

    January 31, 2020

    Last week I wrote about the forthcoming regulations on electrical testing, which could mean fines of up to £30,000 for non-compliance, and this week I’m highlighting more legal changes you will need to know...

  • Is it realistic to force landlords to accept pets?

    January 20, 2020

    In a surprise announcement earlier this month, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government stated that they would make it easier for tenants with pets to rent property. In the statement it said that Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick is to look at removing restrictions within tenancy agreements to make this happen, as the Ministry claims that currently just 7% of rental properties...

  • Looking Forward to 2020 – Property Predictions for the Coming Year

    January 10, 2020

    Happy new year and I hope that 2020 is a healthy and prosperous time for you...

  • Section 21 to be Abolished

    January 3, 2020

    At the state opening of Parliament before Christmas, the Queen’s Speech set out the Government’s “people’s priorities” announcing a Renters’ Reform Bill that will abolish the use of ‘no fault’ evictions by removing Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 and reforming the grounds for possession...

  • Home Security over the Festive Time

    January 3, 2020

    Tamara Ecclestone, the daughter of ex-Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, hit the headlines when burglars reportedly stole £50m worth of jewellery from her home. The fact that thieves were able to gain access into her highly-secure home and take the jewellery has led some to speculate it was an inside job. Other feel that Tamara’s use of her social media, showing her family was away on holiday...

  • Property Market 2019 – A Year in Review

    December 21, 2019

    I work closely with the main bodies who represent the property industry; ARLA Propertymark for the private rented sector (PRS) and NAEA Propertymark for estate agency and as part of my reflection on 2019 it is interesting to look at the trends they have seen over the year...