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KEYWORD "Council Tax" - 100 RESULTS
Industry Views - Labour Agrees New Housing Policies

You may not have realised, but yesterday, the new government’s housing policy was agreed. No, I’m not talking about the new ‘Freedom...

08 June 2024

From: Features

Chancellor commits to Family Home Tax Guarantee

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has pledged not to raise Stamp Duty as part of a Family Home Tax Guarantee. Writing in the Daily...

07 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Agency stock hits eight-year high but many are relisted homes - Zoopla

Property supply has hit its highest level for eight years, Zoopla data shows. The latest Zoopla House Price Index shows the average...

30 May 2024

From: Breaking News

 Rightmove: It's difficult for agents to provide material information

The task of obtaining material information is more difficult than it appears for estate agents, Rightmove has warned. The portal revealed in...

17 May 2024

From: Breaking News

The scandal of empty homes as councils stand to make additional £540m

Councils across England could make an additional £540m a year in council tax on empty homes after new rules came into...

20 April 2024

From: Features

Material Information Guidance - Is it Actually Material?

In this, the second of a three-part series, David Beaumont continues his critique of the new Material Information Guidance. There are 21...

30 March 2024

From: Features

Councils granted extra powers in empty homes clampdown

The Government has given local authorities powers to double the council tax charged on long-term empty homes after 12 months. The time...

13 March 2024

From: Breaking News

AML platform adds material information tools

Anti-money laundering platform (AML) Credas Technologies has launched a material information function, helping estate agents to get ahead of the latest...

11 December 2023

From: Breaking News

How investing in a CRM is the best way to NTS compliance

I think we can all agree that the National Trading Standards Material Information reforms are a good thing for the property...

06 December 2023

From: Sponsored Content

Trading Standards unveils latest material information rules for agents

The National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team (NTSELAT) has published the long-awaited Parts B and C of material information...

30 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Alto integrates with Bridge AI to reduce agency admin

Alto has unveiled a new integration with Bridge AI – a system designed to streamline communication with applicants through their preferred...

29 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Propertymark slams Scottish plans to increase council tax on second homes

Propertymark has expressed its opposition to Scottish Government plans to increase council tax premiums on second homes. Speaking to the Scottish Parliament’s...

22 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents back material information but seek more guidance

The majority of agents back parts B and C of material information rules but more guidance is needed on where to...

06 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Online agency’s deal gives buyers home management services

Utility management platform Muuvo has announced a new partnership and technical integration with online agency Yopa. A dashboard has been created exclusively...

27 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Alto partners with Just Move In help to provide free home setup service

Agency software provider Alto has announced a new partnership with home setup provider Just Move In. Customers of the Zoopla-backed firm will...

13 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Party Time - housing policies from Labour, Tories and the rest

And suddenly it’s autumn. It’s just six weeks before the clocks change, days are getting shorter and - the real sign...

09 September 2023

From: Features

Thinktank calls for Stamp Duty to be scrapped

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has repeated calls for Stamp Duty to be scrapped as politicians prepare for party conference...

25 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Whatever Happened To Good Councils?

Like most parts of the UK, the one I live in has a bit of a beef about parking. More precisely,...

29 July 2023

From: Features

Agency reveals its buyers’ list of ‘must have’ features

More than half of prospective homebuyers looking for a new location to move to want to be within a 20-minute walk...

10 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards boss reveals timeline for latest material information changes

The latest material information rules will be introduced this Autumn, the industry regulator has revealed. Speaking at the Propertymark One Conference in...

28 June 2023

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: Technology provides the key to better customer experience

At the recent Home Buying & Selling Group UFI Roadshow in London, it was gratifying to note that panel members and...

25 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Housing policy must go beyond election cycles - warning     

Housing policy formation must go beyond electoral cycles, academics have warned. A group of Cambridge University alumni has teamed up to urge...

05 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Why material information does and should matter to you

According to the recent industry research report ‘Back to the Future’ from tmgroup, mio and CDS 40% of property transaction delays...

01 April 2023

From: Features

Will Jeremy Hunt play the good Samaritan for the PRS?

So next week we get to know how high housing is on the Government’s list of priorities. As we wait to see...

11 March 2023

From: Features

Charity proposes buyer bans and Stamp Duty overhaul

A high-profile charity is calling for a Stamp Duty overhaul, local buyer restrictions and extra charges on property purchases by landlords...

24 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Families 'facing financial hardship' from hard-to-sell inherited homes

The important issue of hard-to-sell inherited properties has been raised in Parliament. Labour MP Zarah Sultana issued a written question asking what...

23 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Agent slams Scottish Labour’s £1 homes scheme

A promise to sell homes for £1 by Scottish Labour has been labelled as a “politically led housing gimmick” by estate...

23 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Why Material Information could make 2023 a Happy New Year

Happy New Year! I hope you’ve recharged the batteries and have a shiny list of resolutions to make 2023 as successful...

04 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Just 16% of agent listings are compliant - claim

Only 16% of property listings are currently compliant with upfront information rules, it has been claimed. Agents are currently required to include...

19 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Renewable energy and parking 'will be material information' - Trading Standards

The existence of renewable energy sources and parking facilities look set to be among details that Trading Standards will expect to...

13 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Autumn Statement unveils council tax, CGT and stamp duty changes

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt warned tough times were coming ahead of his Autumn Statement yesterday and agents were left with plenty to...

18 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Reader poll: Agents against highlighting climate risks on property purchases

An Estate Agent Today reader poll has revealed opposition to climate risks being outlined to buyers when purchasing a property. A poll...

22 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Portal listings without material information ‘will eventually be rejected’

Trading Standards has indicated that non-compliant listings will eventually be rejected from portals as it urges agents to use their “professional...

13 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Material information update: Agents reminded of disclosure requirements

Agents are being reminded that they still have an obligation to provide all material information as the sector awaits Part B...

12 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Rightmove to ‘reject listings’ without a price from today

New estate agency listings that don’t display a price can no longer be uploaded to Rightmove from today. The portal giant has...

01 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards: Mobile signal may be material information for property listings

Agents may have to include the broadband speed and mobile signal for a property on listings in the next round of...

29 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Upfront information: Portals plan for consumer awareness to police listings

Portals are aiming to boost consumer awareness of new material information rules rather than refusing non-compliant listings. Agency listings have been required...

22 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards: Portals should refuse non-compliant listings

The head of the National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team (NTSELAT) has suggested the material listings rules should be...

15 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Why are landlords so unpopular?

This question is not as flippant as it sounds because over recent years the status of the private landlord has taken...

11 June 2022

From: Features

Proptech firms partner to boost agency offerings

Agency proptech supplier Muuvo has partnered with Canopy to provide its RentPassport and RentTracking products. Muuvo provides software for agents to help...

17 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Government unveils new levelling up law - what it means for estate agents

The government last night revealed more details on its flagship Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill including letting local authorities double council...

12 May 2022

From: Breaking News

New material information rules will benefit consumers and agents

Millions of people use online property portals every year to conduct their property search, whether it be for sales or for...

11 May 2022

From: Features

Queen’s Speech: What agents can expect as future laws are laid out

The government’s legislative agenda will be set out this morning in the Queen’s Speech and there are plenty of potential laws that...

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Property portals gear up for material info changes

Property portals are preparing to support agents in complying with a new era of upfront material information. From the end of May,...

29 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Upfront info debate: What about buyer transparency?

The debate within estate agency on upfront information rumbles on and now there are calls for greater levels of transparency from...

29 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Buyers 'happy to pay' for upfront sales information

Buyers are happy and ready to pay for more upfront material information when it comes to purchasing a property. It comes as...

27 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Q&A: What do new material information rules mean for estate agents?

From the beginning of April, long-awaited rules from the National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team (NTSELAT) came into effect....

23 April 2022

From: Features

Law firm backs home moving proptech to help tackle fraud

Law firm Taylor Rose MW has acquired a stake in proptech firm SlothMove in an effort to help combat property fraud. SlothMove...

14 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Home Information Packs - are they making a comeback?

Agents and conveyancers have signed up to a new buyers’s and seller’s property information form that is described as having been...

04 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Upfront Information - Light at the end of the Tunnel? 

They say that in fashion, if you wait for long enough, clothes that are hanging at the back of your wardrobe...

02 April 2022

From: Features

Tax Hike - agents warn against more taxes on second homes

Propertymark is urging restraint on the part of the Welsh Government as it moves to tackle what it sees as the...

29 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Property tax alternative to stamp duty wins support of MPs

At least 18 MPs have come out in favour of a new annual Proportional Property Tax which would be levied on...

28 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Material Information Change - agents should revise processes now to prepare

Agents are being advised to revise their processes now to accommodate changes to the information required on property details, which begin...

25 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Fall-Through Mayhem - over 50,000 deals collapse since New Year

A prominent industry supplier has produced startling statistics about the numbers of fall throughs in just the first 10 weeks or...

22 March 2022

From: Breaking News

The Coming ‘Budget’ - What’s In Store For Agents?

If you want to sex-up the Chancellor’s financial statement scheduled for lunchtime on Wednesday, you’d call it a Budget or a...

19 March 2022

From: Features

Trading Standards new rules - agents urged to comment on Material Info

Propertymark is urging agents to respond to a consultation exercise being conducted by the National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agents...

14 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Second Homes Taxes will backfire on wider economy - warning

A rural body in Wales has hit out at the Welsh Government’s proposals for draconian new taxes on second homes.  Earlier this...

14 March 2022

From: Breaking News

COLLABORATION: THE SOLUTION AND THE BIGGEST PROBLEM FOR THE PROPERTY INDUSTRY

Ben Ridgway and Jamie Cooke, co-founders of iamproperty Group brought together industry leaders in a recent roundtable to discuss the challenges...

08 March 2022

From: Sponsored Content

Will ‘upfront information’ go from buzzword to conventional practice in the year ahead?

Of the many industry buzzwords, I suspect “upfront information” was up there as one of the most widely used in 2021....

05 March 2022

From: Features

Second home buyers hit with 300% tax rise in part of UK

The Welsh Government has announced an increase to the maximum level of council tax premiums for second homes, as well as...

03 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Seize Putin’s Properties: Mayor wants drastic response to Ukraine

London mayor Sadiq Khan says he supports the seizure of property assets connected to the allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin.  The...

28 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards to give more details of property listings changes

A webinar this week is set to see the release of more details of changes to property listings being demanded by...

28 February 2022

From: Breaking News

New curbs on second homes will hurt buyers, warns Propertymark

A bid to regulate second home ownership in part of the UK through changes to planning policy will add complexity and...

25 February 2022

From: Breaking News

‘Material information’ tool to help meet Trading Standards regs

A PropTech supplier has been quick off the mark to launch a tool which it says will help agents satisfy new...

25 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Revealed - why Trading Standards wants changes to property listings

The National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agent Team has released background information on how it came to make changes to...

24 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Lawyer says some agents can’t cope with more regulation

A leading property lawyer says some agents will struggle to meet the demand for more ‘material information’ put forward by Trading...

23 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Reform of properties listings welcomed by industry leaders

Industry figures have come out in favour of the long-term programme of new compulsory information to be contained on property listings. From...

22 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents Alert - new info must be included on all property listings

Trading Standards and the government have jointly announced compulsory new data which must appear on property listings. A property's council tax band or...

21 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Short term lets - what’s the extent of the problem?

Timothy Douglas, Head of Policy and Campaigns at Propertymark, analyses the impact that the lack of available data is having on...

19 February 2022

From: Features

Too Many Second Homes? Campaigning MP to meet minister

A campaigning MP is to meet with a government minister to discuss controls and disincentives for second homes. Former Liberal Democrat MP...

15 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Surge in number of sellers resorting to quick buy firms - claim

There’s been a surge in the number of sellers who resort to using quick buy firms, according to the sector’s trade...

19 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Tax clampdown on second homes announced by government

Owners of second homes who abuse a tax loophole by claiming their often-empty properties are holiday lets will be forced to...

14 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Wealth Tax proposed by former agency boss

A wealth tax on overseas owners of UK homes could raise £5 billion a year to help local people buy their...

13 January 2022

From: Breaking News

HMRC: UK government’s property taxes produce falling revenue

The UK is reported to have dropped down the league table of governments that secure vast amounts of income from property...

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Politicians to set limits on second homes, with higher council taxes

It appears almost certain that there will be limits imposed on the number and location of second homes in Wales, following...

23 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty could be changed to promote energy efficiency - top agency

A leading estate agency says the government may have to use stamp duty and council tax as incentives to persuade owners...

09 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Budget 2021 aftermath - did the chancellor target property for tax revenue? 

In the Autumn Budget on Wednesday 27 October, very few impending tax hikes were revealed by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak –...

06 November 2021

From: Features

HMRC uses Rightmove and Zoopla to snoop on tax payments

It’s been revealed that HM Revenue & Customs scours the listings on both Rightmove and Zoopla to assess whether property investors...

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

A Taxing Time: the property industry is set for increases

By the time I next write this column, we’ll be just days before the next Budget and Autumn Statement. So I’ll...

02 October 2021

From: Features

Claim: property tax revamp could free up as many as 600,000 homes

The government has been warned that its much-talked about levelling up agenda is ‘doomed to fail’ without major reform of the...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Think tank rehashes ‘mansion tax’ to replace council tax and stamp duty

A think tank has proposed scrapping Council Tax and stamp duty in favour of an annual property levy.  The Institute for Public...

20 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Property tax threat returns as government sets Budget date

Lost in the noise of yesterday’s social care announcements, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has named October 27 as his next Budget Day...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Buying a home is expensive - keeping it is even more…

An estate agency comparison website has conducted research into how much it costs to simply keep an average home in a...

26 August 2021

From: Breaking News

New market appraisal guides go live on OnTheMarket

OnTheMarket’s new market appraisal guides - first announced some months ago - have this morning gone live.  In June OTM announced a...

23 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - What Agents Should Watch For This Autumn

I’m sorry to break this to you but in 10 days’ time it will be autumn - and we will have...

21 August 2021

From: Features

Property firm says additional home owners should pay higher tax

A prominent property consultancy is urging the government to ensure that holiday home owners pay more tax.  Colliers claims local authorities are...

06 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Is This The Alternative To Stamp Duty?

There’s gathering momentum to do ‘something’ about the unfairness of council tax and stamp duty. This isn’t new in principle. Agents have...

24 July 2021

From: Features

Tory says “rich getting a free pass” on current property tax

A young Conservative says “the rich are getting a free pass” thanks to the current council tax system, and there should...

21 July 2021

From: Breaking News

New property tax demanded by MPs who want more money for councils

A group of MPs has suggested the government consider a “proportional property tax” to replace the current council tax, in a...

20 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Unique Property Reference Number concept backed by government

The government has thrown its weight behind the concept of Unique Property Reference Numbers as a way of speeding up transactions. UPRNs...

28 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Reapit unveils latest added-value app accessed via CRM platform

Home set up and utility management service Just Move In is the latest partner on Reapit’s CRM. The 5,000-plus agents who use Reapit’s...

23 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Leading politician says sales tax on homes could help local buyers

One of the country’s leading politicians says a yet-to-be-revealed way of taxing property sales could be one way of helping homes...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Two years on - how can agents comply with the Tenant Fees Act?

It’s nearly two years since The Tenant Fees Act came into force for tenancies in England. On 1 June 2019 it...

19 May 2021

From: Features

OnTheMarket data deal means free market appraisal guides for agents

OnTheMarket has signed an exclusive commercial partnership with property data specialist Sprift, to provide free market appraisal guides. These can be customised...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Second homes will create a “lost generation” claims nationalist

A nationalist candidate in next month’s elections claims there is a second homes crisis which may create a “lost generation” of...

26 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty reform would speed sales says another leading Tory MP

The MP leading a new parliamentary committee on the housing market says a radical reform of tax would help more people move...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Limited property tax proposals unveiled by government

Some 30 tax documents have been released by HM Treasury this afternoon - a mix of responses to past consultations, proposals...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

New data deal means agents get discounted property reports

PropTech firm Sprift has entered into a deal with The Guild of Property Professionals. The partnership means that Guild member agents have...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Fears grow of Capital Gains Tax changes to be unveiled next week

There is growing speculation that a raft of tax proposals to be unveiled next week will include reform of Capital Gains...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax reform could wreak huge damage on housing market

There’s a warning this morning that possible tax reforms to be unveiled next Monday could wreak huge damage on the property...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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