New room sizes for HMOs?

03 January, 20180 Comments
In an attempt to reduce problems of overcrowding, the government has announced new minimum space requirements for Houses in multiple occupation (HMO’s) in the private rental sector. This follows the governments post-Christmas 2017 announcement that it wants landlords in England who let properties to five or more people from at least two different families to be
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Foul-mouthed agent mistakenly sends email to angry tenant calling her a ‘f***ing f***er’, after complaining about filthy, overcrowded flat

11 August, 20160 Comments
Following on from our recent article ‘80% of private renting tenants prefer to use online letting agents’, a tenant has come forward after her letting agent mistakenly sent her an email calling her a ”f****** f*****’ and a b***h’ after she complained about her dirty and overcrowded flat. The Surrey Mirror reports that tenant Shannon Capps
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Council Raid Discovers 70 Tenants in 4 Properties!

10 March, 20160 Comments
Barking and Dagenham Council have recently discovered four properties that have failed to sign up to the local authorities landlord licensing scheme. Across the overcrowded properties; one was divided into 6 units, another contained one room with 8 people living in it and another appeared to being used as a HMO (House of Multiple Occupation). A spokeswoman
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Dagenham raid finds 55 people living in three properties

17 August, 20150 Comments
On Friday council and police officers raided addresses on Manor Road, Japan Road and Forkdyke Road in Dagenham and found that 55 people were living in just these three properties. The raid was run by Barking and Dagenham Councils Private Landlord Team, who run one of two such schemes in th country as part of
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Rogue landlords and the review of property conditions in the private rented sector

19 February, 20140 Comments
Rogue landlords are very much in the news nowadays – even if you’re not remotely interested in the PRS, you can’t get far without hearing about landlords illegally housing their tenants in sheds, and worse.  There are plenty of schemes (existing and proposed) – mainly run by local authorities – to deal with them –
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A national register for dodgy landlords?

29 May, 20130 Comments
Labour’s Policy Review explores new ideas on the private rented sector to "drive standards up and bad landlords out." These "new ideas" include creating a national register of private landlords, a new national private rented property standard, stamping out the use of “retaliatory eviction”
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WILL the bedroom tax cut under-occupation?

14 February, 20131 Comments
Nick Clegg has insisted that the penalties for the under-occupation of social housing will help to address the shortage of homes in the UK. Under the government’s penalties for under-occupation of social housing, widely known as the ‘bedroom tax’, working-age social tenants claiming housing benefit who are deemed to have spare rooms will have their
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