Propertymark chiefs say there should be a ‘radical’ new Housing Bill in Queen’s Speech

Propertymark bosses have called for a new Housing Bill to be introduced in the Queen’s Speech.

Mark Hayward, chief executive of the NAEA, and David Cox, chief executive of ARLA, said: “We would like to congratulate Alok Sharma on his appointment to minister of state for housing and planning.

“We worked closely with the former administration to secure a number of key improvements to the industry including support for greater property transparency and more appropriate regulation through the introduction of Client Money Protection for letting agents.

“However, more can be done and the minister will have a lot in his in-tray as long-standing issues continue to impact the sector.

“We call on the minister to build upon the underwhelming recommendations contained within the Housing White Paper and take forward a series of fundamental reforms to change the industry for the better.

“Demand continues to greatly outstrip supply and more appropriate regulation of the sector is vital if we are to improve the experience of people looking to rent and purchase a home.

“The Government has a good opportunity at the Queen’s Speech to introduce a new and radical Housing Bill to address these significant concerns.

“The challenges are not insurmountable and we greatly look forward to working with the DCLG team to find solutions to these challenges in the months ahead.”

* Today is the Propertymark/NFoPP AGM in London.

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5 Comments

  1. AgentV

    Should be an interesting meeting today, especially with the depth of feeling towards Chris Wood’s exclusion from standing for vice presidency!

    Would be good to see some comments on the proceedings throughout the day if anyone there can post on PIE?

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    1. AgentV

      Just in case many people didn’t see this late post on PIE yesterday, putting the role of the NAEA in perspective (courtesy of Woodentop);

      The National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) is the UK’s leading professional body for estate agency personnel, representing the interests of members ……… The National Association of Estate Agents is dedicated to the goal of professionalism within high street estate agency. Our aim is to reassure the general public that by appointing an NAEA member to represent them they will receive in return the highest level of integrity and service in both sales and lettings. Each NAEA member is bound by a vigorously enforced Code of Practice and adheres to professional Rules of Conduct. Failure to do so can result in heavy financial penalties and possible expulsion from the Association.

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      1. PeeBee

        SO… expect an imminent re-write of that wording, then – the current offering is a prima facie #misdescription.

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        1. AgentV

          PeeBee 
          Good to hear from you. We have missed your commentary recently.

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          1. PeeBee

            Thanks – but you can expect more of a ‘walk-on part’ than a regular role from me, AgentV.

            I’m sure that will be good news to many.

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