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Barwell’s Tweet shows consistency on fees ban

This week Housing Minister Gavin Barwell was caught off-message on Twitter when a reply he gave to magazine Inside Housing about the rumoured fees ban was unearthed. Barwell said (see right) ‘Bad…

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Land Registry privatisation is dropped

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The Land Registry is not going to be privatised and will instead become a ‘digital data-driven registration’ business within public ownership. It has its headquarters in Croydon (pictured) and employs 4,480 staff,…

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Record deposits fine for Northern Ireland agent

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A letting agent in Northern Ireland has been fined £15,000 for failing to protect tenant deposits in five different cases all heard this week at a Magistrate’s Court. The Tenancy Deposit Scheme…

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NALS reframes Fair Fees Forum after ban bombshell

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This afternoon the National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS) announced how its recently-launched Fair Fees Forum will adapt to the ‘surprise’ announcement of a total ban on tenants fees by Philip Hammond last…

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Will Wales now copy England’s fees ban?

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High-profile Labour Welsh Assembly Member (AM) Jenny Rathbone has called for a tenant fees ban in Wales, despite voting against a similar proposal by Plaid Cymru last year. Her comments follow a…

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Autumn Statement: Hammond confirms letting fees ban

As expected Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has announced this lunchtime in his Autumn Statement that letting fees for tenants are to be banned outright “to improve competition in the private…

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