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Training for Professionals is the largest provider of lettings legislation training across England and Wales. We aim to help and support Letting Agents and Landlords alike with advice on how best to navigate the constantly changing property management landscape. Whether it’s through training courses, consultancy, or model documentation, TFP aims to make property management safer, easier, more compliant and cost effective. Want to know more? 

News

  • Nov 01

    Banning Orders

    The Housing and Planning Act 2016 (Commencement No. 6) Regulations 2017 bring further provisions of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 into force from 3 November 2017. Specifically the ability to make regulations to bring banning orders into force and other issues need to make banning orders work, like the database of banning orders. Whilst this does not in itself bring banning orders into force, it shows it will come into force and this is preparatory work. Since the October date for new legislation has been missed it is a fair bet this will go live for April 2018.

  • Oct 20

    Call for Evidence

    There are three calls for evidence about the PRS currently seeking views.

    The first can be found here and is about the powers of local authorities have to enforce legislation already in force. Do they have the capacity and is it effective at dealing with rogue landlord? They also seek views on if selective licensing is effective in promoting higher quality accommodation, what steps local authorities have taken to promote affordable accommodation in their areas and if complaint mechanisms are effective.

    The second consultation can be found here and is about protecting consumers in the letting and managing agent market. Essentially this is the call for evidence around agent licensing including views on minimum entry standards, training rules of conduct etc.

    Both of these could have a significant impact on our market so you are encouraged to engage with them.


    The third call for evidence is about the Right to Rent checks and it can be found here. Whilst not examining any unintended consequences, the call for evidence is looking for those with experience of right to rent checks from the planning for it through to what amounts to success and the sanctions related to it.

  • Oct 01

    Licensing to come

    At the Conservative party conference in Manchester it has been announced that they plan to bring in a requirement for all private landlords to join an ombudsman scheme and for all letting agents to be licensed.

    They see the advantage of of the ombudsman as being that it will give quick and easy dispute resolutions for issues like repairs and maintenance. This will bring landlords in line with what already happens with the agent market.

    They also suggest that all agents will have to be regulated in order to practice, and that the regulation would include minimum training requirements. and an industry wide code of practice. They do not make it clear about who will do the regulation, it simply says "an appropriate organisation".

    The announcement confirms the intention to ban fees charged to tenants and also suggest that there are discussions with Treasury about incentivising landlords to offer longer tenancies (at least one year). 

    These changes will only apply to England as Wales produce their own housing legislation.

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— Lisa Abella, Magnet Properties, LUTON, Legal Update 2016 and Completing Possession Claims Online/WA/May16
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— Gill Dowling, Dowling Styles Residential Lettings, EAST MOLESEY, Legal Update 2016 and Completing Possession Claims Online/HE/Apr16
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— Lisa Abella, Magnet Properties, LUTON, Legal Update 2017 & Tenant Fee Ban Workshop/CL/Feb17
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— Clementine Mulligan, J G L Operations Ltd, LYTHAM ST ANNES, Legal Update 2017 & Tenant Fee Ban Workshop/MA/Feb17
If you take your profession seriously and want to stay ahead and on the right side of legislation you need to attend TFP courses.
— Angela Marden, Ross & Co, EASTBOURNE, Legal Update 2017 & Tenant Fee Ban Workshop/SE/Mar17
If you are an independent letting agent I thoroughly endorse you take this course it will improve your business.
— Michael Chalk, Churchill Estates, LONDON, Legal Update 2017 & Tenant Fee Ban Workshop/WA/Mar17
Another extremely useful course - well put together, clear and easy to follow.
— David Blount, David Blount Ltd, NOTTINGHAM, Legal Update 2017 & Tenant Fee Ban Workshop/NO/Feb17
Training for Professionals have given me the knowledge to excel in all business.
— Heidi Weir, The Holding Company, , Legal Update 2016 and Completing Possession Claims Online/NE/May16
Very engaging and useful day. Every agent should attend at least twice in a year. Great trainers.
— Gina Jo Parry, Move On Rentals, POOLE, Legal Update 2016 and Completing Possession Claims Online/PO/Jun16
I have been attending these courses for over 20 years, that should say it all.
— Don Holmes, Go Direct Lettings.com, BIRKENHEAD, Legal Update 2017 & Tenant Fee Ban Workshop/MA/Feb17
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