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Family of seven left to live in one bedroom flat by Bromley council

On 12 May the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman reported that Bromley council has agreed to pay a family £6,000 after it did not do enough to help them when they were threatened with homelessness. The family had been given an eviction notice by their landlord in July 2019, and the council accepted it […]

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Housing supply for local authorities in England

The House of Commons Library has published a paper data on housing supply for district-level and unitary local authorities in England.  It can be seen here and says: Data is available on housing stock broken down by tenure, net supply of new housing, and supply of affordable housing. Find the local authority you live in […]

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Screwfix expands

Home improvement business Screwfix will create 800 retail jobs by January as part of plans to open 80 new shops across the UK and Ireland. The retailer’s sales were boosted during the pandemic as locked-down Britons hired tradespeople to spruce up their properties and gardens. Screwfix and B&Q owner Kingfisher enjoyed profits of more than […]

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Cost of living: ‘Rent rises mean I want my landlord to evict me’

Money is so tight for Amy Jones that she asked her private landlord to evict her and her son so she can be considered for social housing. The 29-year-old will risk homelessness after cutting back on food and heating to pay the deficit between her universal credit allowance and rent. It comes as two students […]

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Do you check the Gas Safe Register each time?

The Health and Safety Executive is urging landlords to check the credentials of gas fitters following a case heard recently in Southwark Crown Court in London.The court heard that Valentin Pauliuc, trading as VP Plumbing & Heating, was hired in February 2019 by HSM Builders Limited, the principal contractor for a domestic renovation in South […]

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More details emerge of how agents will be involved in new PRS ‘portal’

More details have emerged of the government’s plans for an official ‘rental property portal’ for the private sector that will tie homes, landlords, redress and housing standards into one website. The proposed initiative was buried in the detail of the briefing document released to accompany the Queen’s Speech on Tuesday but will have significant ramifications […]

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Number of landlords seeking to recover rental debt rises by 180%

Landlord Action, one of the UK’s best known eviction and housing law specialists, has seen a sharp rise in landlords requesting to use their debt recovery service. Instructions for the last year, April 2021 to March 2022, were up 180 per cent compared to the pre-pandemic year, April 2019 to March 2020. The circumstances of […]

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