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New accreditation changing the face of private housing

09 February, 20170 Comments
New Section 21 legislation designed to help protect private renters from rogue landlords isn’t working, claim MPs and housing lawyers. In 2015 the law in England changed to make “revenge evictions” illegal, which applies to rental agreements signed since 1st October 2015. Faulty electrics, damp and broken boilers that don’t get fixed are all officially
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Landlords and politicians demand overhaul of flawed welfare reform policy

08 February, 20170 Comments
Landlords and politicians are demanding an overhaul of the UK’s welfare system, claiming that thousands of benefit claimants are facing rent arrears, debt and eviction as a direct result of policy design flaws within the Universal Credit model. The Government’s ‘flagship welfare reform’ sees six benefit payouts combined into one monthly payment, replacing some of the
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Energy prepay cap to save 4 million customers £80

07 February, 20170 Comments
Four million customers on prepayment energy meters are expected to save around £80 a year after a price cap was announced by energy regulator Ofgem. The temporary price cap, which comes into effect in April, was one of the measures recommended by the Competition and Market Authority after its two-year investigation of the energy market.
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Tenants are paying for their own home improvements

06 February, 20170 Comments
According to latest research from the home improvements website Plentific, some 73% of private tenants are paying for DIY issues at their own expense. Understandably, those who plan to live in rental accommodation for an extended period are often more inclined to want to make it feel more like a home. The study also shows that:
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One Year On: 91 landlords punished under right to rent rules

02 February, 20170 Comments
It has been revealed that since the Right to Rent scheme was rolled out one year ago this week, a total of 91 landlords have been issued with civil penalties and fined a total of almost £30,000. According to the latest figures published by the Government, 667 enquiries have been made to the Home Office’s landlords
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Do you know whether your property is an HMO?

01 February, 20170 Comments
The very complicated world of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) often reveals that the most law-abiding landlords are totally unaware that their property falls under the HMO umbrella. These landlords are risking huge fines and possible rent re-payments if they are running an HMO, even if they don’t realise. North Somerset Council have kindly provided us
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Residential landlords have a major role to play in preventing homelessness

31 January, 20170 Comments
The appalling rise in the number of people sleeping rough in England illustrates the importance of private rented accommodation, according to The Deposit Protection Services (The DPS). More than 4,000 people a night have been sleeping rough on England’s streets, up 16% year-on-year, according to the latest figures from the Department for Communities and Local
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More than a fifth of privately rented properties have an unsafe gas appliance

30 January, 20170 Comments
New data from the Gas Safe Register shows that 21% of privately rented homes still have an unsafe gas appliance. The new investigative data, spanning 5 years, also shows that 59% of those unsafe appliances are gas heaters. The overriding problem that leads to unsafe gas heaters is the failure to ensure regular maintenance –
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Housing minister claims buy to let tax changes will only affect 20% of landlords

26 January, 20170 Comments
Housing minister Gavin Barwell says recent changes to buy to let mortgage interest relief and stamp duty will only affect a small proportion of landlords. According to an ARLA report from a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Private Rented Sector earlier this month – attended by Barwell – the minister quoted
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