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KEYWORD "Parliament" - 100 RESULTS
Election result has placed the market under starter's orders

Just a week after Labour’s landslide election victory and already their top team is coming under scrutiny and being asked to...

13 July 2024

From: Features

Can Labour government help fix Scotland’s housing crisis?

While housing is a devolved matter, ESPC hopes that the promises made by Labour in the recent general election might help...

13 July 2024

From: Features

PropTech Today: Addressing the housing crisis through technology

Under the strain of a housing crisis, the UK faces a severe shortage of affordable homes. This is further emphasised by...

10 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Don't skimp on the details - PropTech expert's message to the new government

With a historic majority for Keir Starmer and the Labour Party, there can be no doubt over which party will be...

06 July 2024

From: Features

Election '24 - Industry leaders call for landlord support

Heidi Shackell, chief executive officer at The Lettings Hub said: “The General Election, called in May, halted progress of the Renters'...

06 July 2024

From: Features

What the new Labour Government means for the property market

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer will have the removal vans booked this morning after the General Election result. Sir Keir is set...

05 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to take advantage of new MPs in 'listening mode'

An industry expert has called on agents to actively lobby new MPs to influence housing policy – whoever wins the election. Neil...

03 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Industry Views - There will be no excuses if Labour fails on housing

It’s all over bar the voting, so let’s cut to the chase. Labour will win on July 4, big time. Even a...

29 June 2024

From: Features

Labour and Tories may be hiding property taxes and more - claim

The manifestos of all major parties tell us little about their true tax and public service plans, a respected financial think...

25 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Advice for landlords on energy efficiency and sustainability

Despite a consultation starting back in 2020, the proposed legislation hadn’t progressed through Parliament and no doubt many landlords who faced...

22 June 2024

From: Features

Agents’ Verdict - We Need More Details in Labour Manifesto

There’s been a broadly warm response from much of the property industry to Labour’s manifesto, but a call for more detail...

14 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour VAT plan ‘will put premiums on catchment area homes’

An agency bond says Labour’s plan to slap VAT on private school fees will have a positive effect on pricing of...

14 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Winds of change set to blow through the PRS

Win, lose or draw for the political hopefuls standing as candidates in the upcoming general election, it is likely that the...

08 June 2024

From: Features

Unintended consequences of 'rushed' leasehold law

In what are some of the biggest changes to the residential leasehold sector in the last 21 years since the Commonhold...

01 June 2024

From: Features

'A muted win' – leasehold reform bill passes

The Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill was the final piece of legislation to pass before Parliament closed ahead of the General...

28 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Gove-r and out! Housing Secretary to quit after General Election

Housing Secretary Michael Gove has become the latest high-profile MP to announce he would step down ahead of July’s General Election. Gove...

28 May 2024

From: Breaking News

After delays, departures and disruption, Renters (Reform) Bill finally runs out of steam

The Government’s controversial Renters (Reform) Bill has fallen victim to Rishi Sunak’s election announcement and has been shelved. The legislation – which...

25 May 2024

From: Features

JONATHAN ROLANDE: Sunak really needs to work on his kerb-appeal

Even the most junior of estate agents will tell you that if you are going to bet the house on pulling...

24 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour unveils plans for new towns

The Labour Party has committed to building 1.5m new homes across the country over the next parliament. Shadow Housing Secretary Angela Rayner...

22 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Scottish housebuilding needs to return to levels from 25 years ago

Scottish housebuilding needs to return to the completion numbers from 25 years ago according to analysis of the latest official statistics...

18 May 2024

From: Features

 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

Labour - The Housing Policies Coming Our Way Soon

You don’t have to be a mind-reader to believe there will be a large majority Labour government by the end of...

04 May 2024

From: Features

MPs demand scrapping of ground rents on leasehold properties

Sky News is reporting that up to 30 Conservative MPs are threatening to rebel against the government’s approach to ground rents...

02 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform? What about the tax bill?

There was a long-awaited return to the House of Commons this week when the Renters (Reform) Bill finally rose to the...

27 April 2024

From: Features

Clarity needed on Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill report

Last weekend a story by The Sunday Times’ Deputy Political Editor indicated that the Government is proposing implementing a £250 cap...

27 April 2024

From: Features

‘Legal liability’ concerns raised over Propertymark questionnaire

The Law Society is exploring concerns that Propertymark's Property Information Questionnaire (PIQ) puts agents at risk of legal issues, Estate Agent...

13 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Economy brightens Budget gloom for property professionals

Following the disappointment of his Autmn statement, many property professionals were hoping for a kick-start to property sales in Jeremy Hunt’s...

09 March 2024

From: Features

Propertymark: 'Agents are willing to pay for industry regulation'

Agents would be happy to pay for regulation but the sector should be wary of costs, a Propertymark executive has told...

06 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Government intervention needed on property transaction times – claim

Property professionals have called for the Government to allocate its promised £3m towards improving the home buying and selling process to...

04 March 2024

From: Breaking News

High mortgage payments force Government minister to quit - claim

It usually takes a scandal or a reshuffle to remove a Government minister so it came as a bit of a...

31 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Leasehold reform bill returns to Parliament – will it be improved?

Parliamentary news may have been dominated by the fallout from the Rwanda Bill yesterday but another important piece of legislation also...

17 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Government hits back at media claims about housebuilding targets

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLHUC) has hit back at media claims about its housebuilding targets. The Times newspaper...

18 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents hope for property tax review in Scottish Budget

Agents are hoping for further support for the housing market north of the border as the Scottish Government prepares to set...

18 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Leasehold reform legislation still has ‘missing parts’ - warning

The Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill is falling short of its own objectives, an industry executive has claimed. Linz Darlington, founder of...

13 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Leasehold reform bill passes second reading

The Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill passed its second reading in Parliament last night. Housing minister Lee Rowley pledged that the legislation...

12 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Long-awaited leasehold reform laws to be unveiled today

The long-awaited Leasehold and Freehold Bill is set to be unveiled in Parliament today. The Bill aims to make it cheaper and...

27 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Revolutionising leasehold -the road ahead for owners and managers of blocks of flats

The United Kingdom stands on the precipice of a historic overhaul in property ownership. With the King's speech unveiling the anticipated...

25 November 2023

From: Features

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

Property Natter - Going for growth? United we stand...

It was US disability rights advocate, Helen Keller, who said: ‘alone, we can do so little, together we can do so...

11 November 2023

From: Features

King’s Speech: ‘Disappointing for existing leaseholders’

Campaigners and commentators have reacted cautiously to leasehold reform proposals put forward in the King’s Speech. The King took part in his...

08 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Will the Renters (Reform) Bill really reduce homelessness?

By Neil Cobbold Recent data from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities show that 24,260 households served a valid Section...

04 November 2023

From: Features

Stamp Duty Cut speculation starts 'election housing market' - claim

The best way to judge the UK housing market is to check on what’s happening in Parliament, not the price indices...

31 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Party leaders quiet on PRS at conferences

Housing supply rather than the private rented sector (PRS) made the headlines during the Conservative and Labour Party conferences this year...

14 October 2023

From: Features

Housing Secretary: We (still) need to do more on home ownership

More families need a home they can call their own, the Housing Secretary Michael Gove has claimed. Speaking at the Tory Party...

04 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill

Introduced to Parliament in May, the Renters (Reform) Bill seeks to improve the private rental sector for both tenants and landlords....

15 September 2023

From: Sponsored Content

Is the government changing its tune on landlords?

I recently wrote that the long-gestating Renters Reform Bill, finally introduced in Parliament back in May, could be poorly timed, both...

26 August 2023

From: Features

Agency trade body asks Government why leaseholders are still being ignored

Propertymark has written to the Government to ask why attempts to protect leaseholders are being ignored. It comes as the Earl of...

15 August 2023

From: Breaking News

The land industry must separate itself from politics

The process from a Local Plan allocation to a digger on site typically stretches beyond the length of a five-year political...

12 August 2023

From: Features

Is the rental market still profitable?

Over recent years, as successive governments have tightened lettings legislation and increased the tax burden on landlords, some with investment properties...

05 August 2023

From: Features

Answers on a postcard please, Minister

Housing Minister Rachel Maclean MP is probably looking forward to her summer break this year. But wherever she's going and whatever she's...

29 July 2023

From: Features

Government unveils latest planning overhaul to boost housing stock

The Government has set out yet another attempt to meet it manifesto commitment to build 1m homes over this Parliament. Prime Minister...

25 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - No more working for a week or two....

‘Schools out for Summer’ as the Alice Cooper song goes and the kids are not the only ones looking forward to...

22 July 2023

From: Features

Michael Gove has finally done something sensible

It’s not a sentence that I thought I would be writing, but Housing Secretary Michael Gove has indeed finally done something...

15 July 2023

From: Features

Renting out your holiday home? Here's how to protect it

According to the latest English Housing Survey, there were 495,000 second homes in the UK in 2018/19 – a figure said...

15 July 2023

From: Features

No evidence that scrapping housing targets will boost housebuilding, MPs warn

MPs have cast doubt on the Government’s ability to achieve its target of 300,000 new homes per year by the mid-2020s...

14 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Turn empty shops and offices into homes - MPs demand action

Two all-party groups of MPs and Peers have called on the government to act to turn empty buildings into good quality,...

10 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform: a mistiming in regulatory direction?

The long-awaited Renters Reform Bill was finally introduced in Parliament in May, but is it really good news for tenants? Several...

08 July 2023

From: Features

Shadow Chancellor slammed for mortgage costs claim

Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves has been criticised for figures she used when highlighting how much mortgage borrowers are set to see...

04 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Chancellor rules out mortgage rate support

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has ruled out providing financial support for struggling mortgage borrowers as rates hit new highs. Average mortgage rates hit...

21 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Hydrogen heating – a silver bullet or hot air?

At present, the space heating of homes accounts for roughly 14% of the UK’s annual emissions. If we are to meet...

14 June 2023

From: Sponsored Content

Government ‘failing’ home sellers over spray foam insulation issues

The Government is not taking any responsibility for the thousands of people that have had spray foam installed by Green Homes...

16 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - They do it with mirrors...

Sleight of hand, optical illusion, card up the sleeve – we all love a good conjuring trick, don’t we? And they say...

13 May 2023

From: Features

Gove criticised for “unhelpful” leasehold pledges amid reform delays

Housing Secretary Michael Gove has been slammed for “unhelpful” comments about abolishing leasehold after it emerged that there may not be...

12 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Could your company culture withstand a crisis?

The UK is on its rear - fact. Whilst many were breathing a sigh of relief after surviving a global pandemic,...

29 April 2023

From: Features

Government rejects Propertymark-backed building safety amendment 

A Propertymark-supported amendment that aimed to bolster support for leaseholders in unsafe buildings failed to gain approval in the House of...

26 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Government ‘working with’ Trading Standards on conditional selling

The issue of conditional selling in estate agency has hit Westminster. There have been several reports in recent months about agents requiring...

11 April 2023

From: Breaking News

High street agents set for ‘fairer bills’ under business rates overhaul

Agency trade body Propertymark has welcomed reforms to the business rates system, meaning high street agents, and other businesses, could finally...

31 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Tory MP seeks protection for paper-based conveyancing

The property industry may be going to great effort to digitise and improve the process of buying and selling a home...

13 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Propertymark backs leaseholder building safety protections

Agency trade body Propertymark has backed calls for greater leaseholder protections as the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill proceeds through Parliament. The...

01 March 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

‘Fundamental’ leasehold reform promised in King’s Speech

Housing Secretary Michael Gove has signalled that legislation to allow for further leasehold reform will be included in the next parliamentary...

21 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Lettings in the spotlight as current and future regulations hit the headlines

We’re only in February and it’s already clear that this year will set the future direction of the private rented sector...

15 February 2023

From: Features

Unlucky for some? 13th Housing Minister in a decade quits

Lucy Frazer became the 13th Housing Minister to leave the role in the past decade yesterday after she was promoted to...

08 February 2023

From: Breaking News

The Energy Performance Certificate – is it here to stay?

The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is the direct result of European Legislation. They were introduced because of the Energy Performance of...

30 January 2023

From: Sponsored Content

Reader poll: Will ROPA rules improve agency standards?

Half of Estate Agent Today readers agree that industry regulations and minimum qualifications will improve standards in the sector but a...

30 January 2023

From: Breaking News

 Affordable homes preaching to the converted

Should commercial properties be converted into homes? I think so. I don’t mean the upscale barns becoming large houses, or the fashionable...

28 January 2023

From: Features

Government still ‘considering’ ROPA rules as MPs question timeframe

Conservative MPs are continuing to question when new estate agency regulations will come in as the Government sticks to its stock...

17 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Property Natter - 2023? Keep calm and carry on

Happy New Year, to you all. Now that we’re all back in harness and Christmas feels like a long-distant memory, I...

14 January 2023

From: Features

Ex-PM and Home Secretary raise housing issues in Parliament

Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and ex-Home Secretary Priti Patel had around three years in Government to sort out housing but...

11 January 2023

From: Breaking News

2023 - this is what’s going to happen

Is it really just a year ago that we were nervously wondering whether yet another Christmas would be Covid-affected? Little did we...

10 December 2022

From: Features

Government ditches mandatory housebuilding targets

The Government has officially watered-down proposals for mandatory local housebuilding targets as it brings its flagship Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill...

06 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Who is the latest Housing Minister?

The Government’s latest Housing Minister Lucy Frazer brings plenty of property experience as a landlord and has also indirectly received donations...

10 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Michael Gove 'gets it' - why his return is good news for the industry

Recent political changes – and there have been quite a few in recent weeks – have brought about something of a...

29 October 2022

From: Features

MPs back Stamp Duty cut as Labour queries its benefits

A Bill to bring the Government’s Stamp Duty reductions into legislation reached its second reading in the Houses of Parliament this...

26 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Natter – property is holding its own despite the turmoil

I can’t really write about anything else this week, can I? Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you will have...

22 October 2022

From: Features

Housing Secretary set for first committee grilling by MPs

Simon Clarke is set for his first grilling by MPs as Levelling Up and Housing Secretary. Clarke will be questioned by the...

18 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty cut to remain as Hunt scraps mini-Budget

The new Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, has reversed almost all of the tax cuts set out in Kwasi Kwarteng's disastrous mini-Budget three...

17 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Now automation can help protect the property market

Over the last five years, the Government has introduced a range of measures to regulate the property market, particularly in the...

12 October 2022

From: Features

Insight: ministerial changes have slipped under the radar

There has been an understandable focus on things other than Government since the death of Queen Elizabeth was announced, but Prime...

24 September 2022

From: Features

Meet the new Housing Secretary who opposes 'toxic building targets'

New Housing Secretary Simon Clarke may be an unknown entity to many agents but he has a track record of supporting...

07 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Government rejects ‘complex’ Stamp Duty changes

The government has rebuffed calls to assess whether different rates of Stamp Duty could incentivise property development or sales of energy...

07 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Government must fix competitive disadvantage of leasehold reforms

A parliamentary petition calling for ground rent charges to be extended to existing leases has reached the required number of signatures...

28 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Rishi-Tweedle-Dum and Liz-Tweedle-DumDum

When it comes to housing policy, the Conservative MPs have given their party a choice between Tweedle Dum and Tweedle DumDum. Rishi...

23 July 2022

From: Features

Insight - why hybrid presentation is key to the future of agency

Recent statistics published by the government’s Business Insights and Conditions Survey revealed the extent to which many real estate businesses have...

23 July 2022

From: Features

Tory leadership race: Candidates urged to commit to housebuilding targets

The Tory leadership candidates have been urged to not forget about housing as the race to be the new Prime Minister...

18 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Agent calls for housing tsar as minister quits and Gove is sacked

Independent agent Barrows and Forrester has called for the appointment of a housing tsar for a fixed term as yet another...

07 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Older leaseholds homes could become harder to sell until full reform - claim

New rules on leasehold homes came in this week, banning ground rents on new leases but a property expert warns this...

30 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Why haven't politicians listened to our industry?

It’s often fashionable to criticise trade bodies and official groups, but right now I think that’s absolutely inappropriate. In well over 20...

25 June 2022

From: Features

Industry Views - Michael Gove and His Dead Cat

In retrospect, it was perhaps inevitable that the infamous dead cat would come into the debate over government housing targets and...

21 May 2022

From: Features

ROPA returns to Parliament but there is still no timeline for reforms

The issue of agency qualifications has finally been mentioned in the Houses of Parliament, almost three years since the landmark Regulation...

20 May 2022

From: Breaking News

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