ARLA and NAEA manifesto for regulation, SDLT reform and MOTs

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13:57 PM, 5th November 2019
About A year ago

ARLA and NAEA manifesto for regulation, SDLT reform and MOTs

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ARLA and NAEA manifesto for regulation, SDLT reform and MOTs

ARLA and NAEA propertymark have released their manifesto “Election 2019: Regulate and reform the housing sector.” Click here to download the full document.

The number one call on the wish list is for government to adopt the recommendations of the Regulation of Property Agents Working Group and regulate property agents. This it is hoped will improve professional standards with a code of practice, licensing and qualifications.

Other policy requests include:

Stamp duty reformed with the abolition of the 3% surcharge for second properties and  a reduction or no Stamp payable for over 65s downsizing their homes.

Property MOTs should be introduced with an annual inspection for rental properties.

The court system should be reformed to cut the time it takes to gain possession.

Landlord taxes should be reviewed to reduce costs and attract landlord investment

All new houses to be sold as Freehold and not leasehold.

Access to the Rogue landlords and Property Agents database should be given to tenants, agents and regulatory bodies.

Help for the Private Rented Sector with Energy efficiency and climate change


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Whiteskifreak Surrey

10:24 AM, 6th November 2019
About A year ago

Just a few quick comments - with a morning coffee in the office:

Property MOTs should be introduced with an annual inspection for rental properties.
Seems a good idea, but I am afraid that will be just money making exercise, with good, honest Landlords paying undoubtedly large fee and the rogue ones as usual escaping from the radar of inspectors, but not from the press, especially Guardian and alike...

The court system should be reformed to cut the time it takes to gain possession. Unlikely to happen any time soon. If anything, the time will be extended, with removal of S21.

Landlord taxes should be reviewed to reduce costs and attract landlord investment
Pity that the removal of S24, the most damaging one, does not get a prominent mention here. Reforming taxes is too vague and too open to interpretation.

Access to the Rogue landlords and Property Agents database should be given to tenants, agents and regulatory bodies.
What about Rogue Tenants' database? That is not even mentioned here...

Michael Barnes

17:30 PM, 6th November 2019
About A year ago

How much is this annual inspection going to cost tenants?

What is it going to add to the properties that are and always have been decent?

How is it to be accomplished when councils introducing selective licencing are finding it difficult to conduct one inspection per property over 5 years?

Is this on top of selective/additional/mandatory licencing?

Does it include private residences with a lodger?

How are properties that require an MOT to be identified?

How is absence of a required MOT to be determined?


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