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BBC News on-line reported on Sunday 8 April 2018 that all estate agents will be required to hold a professional qualification under new government rules to crack down on 'rogue' operators.
Friday 6 April 2018: 'rogue' landlords who rent out sub-standard properties face being forced out of the sector as new banning orders are brought in and a national database of offenders goes live today.
On Tuesday 6 March 2018, the Planning Officers Society News carried a first response to the Government's plans published in its Draft Revised National Planning Policy Framework which is open for comment until 11.45 on Thursday 10 May 2018
On Sunday 4 March 2018, the Local Government Association (LGA) responded to the new planning laws for councils: "The truth is that councils are currently approving nine in 10 planning applications, which shows that the planning system is working well and is not a barrier to building."
On Sunday 25 February 2018, Helen Pidd, North of England Editor of the Guardian, reported on the investment fund set up by the Leeds suburb of Headingley. the fund says that investors can expect 2% annual return from fund backing projects such as affordable housing.