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Council urge landlords and tenants to improve EPC’s

A local authority is urging landlords and tenants to “have a chat” and work together to improve the EPC rating of rented properties. Wrexham Council in Wales has issued a statement saying: “If you rent your home – or you’re considering renting – ask the landlord to show you the Energy Performance Certificate for the […]

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Holiday Home tax loophole to be ended

Second-home owners who ‘pretend’ to let their properties out to holidaymakers face a tax crackdown from Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove. It has been reported that  Mr Gove is threatening to hit them with new bills which could run to over £1,000 a year, to stop them abusing a tax loophole. His officials say the crackdown […]

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Regulator of Social Housing writes to social housing landlords on the issue of damp and mould

On 22 November 2022 the Regulator of Social Housing wrote to registered providers of social housing to highlight landlords’ responsibility to take action to protect tenants from hazardous damp and mould. Housing association and local authority landlords will need to submit evidence to the regulator to demonstrate that they have systems in place to identify […]

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Failing’ social housing providers to be blocked from new housing funding

On 25 November 2022 the Housing Secretary Michael Gove announced that Rochdale Boroughwide Housing, the housing association that failed to treat hazardous mould leading to the death of Awaab Ishak, will not receive its expected £1m funding from the Affordable Homes Programme (AHP 2021-26), or receive any new AHP contracts for new homes, until the […]

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Housing supply: net additional dwellings – England

On 24 November 2022 the DLUHC published statistics on net additional dwellings in England up to 2021/22. The release shows: Annual housing supply in England amounted to 232,820 net additional dwellings in 2021-22, a 10 per cent increase on 2020-21. This resulted from: 210,070 new build homes, 22,770 gains from change of use between non-domestic […]

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Statutory homelessness in England: April to June 2022

On 24 November 2022 the DLUHC published statistics on statutory homelessness applications, duties, and outcomes for local authorities in England. Between April to June 2022: 72,210 households were initially assessed as homeless or threatened with homelessness and owed a statutory homelessness duty, up 1.3 per cent from April to June 2021. 33,570 households were assessed […]

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Deaths of homeless people in England and Wales: 2021 registrations

On 23 November 2022 the Office for National Statistics published figures for the number of deaths of homeless people in England and Wales registered in the years 2013 to 2021. In 2021: There were an estimated 741 registered deaths of homeless people in England and Wales (with a 95 per cent confidence interval of 658 […]

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Energy efficiency in homes: ECO+ scheme and expansion of the Help for Households

On 28 November 2022 Business and Energy Secretary Grant Shapps announced a new ECO+ scheme which will extend support to those who do not currently benefit from any other government support to upgrade their homes to improve energy efficiency. Joining the existing £6.6 billion ‘Help to Heat’ energy schemes, this new £1 billion funding is […]

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More tenancies require a guarantor

The cost of living crisis combined with a logjam in the courts means landlords are now “very unlikely” to rent properties without guarantors being in place, according to an outspoken industry figure. Jonathan Rolande of the National Association of Property Buyers says the rental market currently remains “so hot” that any tenant not willing to […]

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