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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Innovative lettings ‘Passport’ enables councils to house more and save more

18 November, 20160 Comments
Local Authorities and Housing Associations across the UK can now access a brand new solution to help many more low income renters find new homes and save public funds, through The Ark Passport. Did you know that UK councils have spent £3.5 billion on temporary housing over the last 5 years? With the introduction of Universal Credit
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Local Authority threatens letting agencies with prosecution over To Let boards

06 October, 20160 Comments
Letting agents and landlords in Nottingham are being reminded to comply with an obligation to remove ‘to let’ signs in certain parts of the city, or face prosecution. New rules introduced in 2012 by Nottingham Council ban the display of lettings boards from October 1st to December 31st every year in a number of areas across
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Another Council realises the money they can make through landlord licensing

01 August, 20160 Comments
Landlords in Peterborough will soon have to obtain a licence to operate, under the guise of improving standards of accommodation and tackling rogue landlords in the private rented sector. All private landlords with residential property in designated areas of Peterborough have until December 1, when the scheme is introduced, to apply for a licence for each
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A Landlords Horror Story

06 June, 20160 Comments
Have a read of this latest forum post, that one of our newest members has shared with the Tenant Referencing UK forum: I just wanted to thank Paul Routledge for the valuable advice he gave me last Friday afternoon. After months and months of harassment, police visits, umpteen smashed windows, other tenants threatening to leave, vile syringes found in the
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The importance of referencing Universal Credit tenants

14 April, 20161 Comments
With Universal Credit in the news again this week, at Tenant Referencing UK we thought we’d draw attention to this: If a council or housing association tenant has one month’s rent arrears it will be paid direct to their landlord but if a private tenant has rent arrears private landlords must wait two months’ for
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Islington council’s pigeon gate

19 February, 20160 Comments
A north London council has issued an official apology after warning tenants that they could face eviction if caught feeding pigeons. Last week Islington council sent a letter to its tenants on the Palmers Estate in Archway warning that a “professional witness” had been appointed to identify culprits who are feeding birds, contributing to a
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Jonny Bucknell, councillor, rogue landlords, prosecuted

Tory Landlord prosecuted by his own council

20 January, 20160 Comments
Just a week after MP’s reject legislation to force landlords to ensure rented accommodation are ‘fit for human habitation’  a Tory Councillor has admitted to being a rouge landlord after his own council prosecuted him. Jonny Bucknell, 58, pleaded guilty to failing to carry out necessary improvements on a run-down home he lets following action
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