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NI Councils given new powers to crack down on landlords who break the rules with their tenants

Councils in Northern Ireland will have new powers to crack down on unscrupulous landlords from April, including handing out fines of up to £500 to those breaking the rules. The Private Tenancies Act (NI) 2022 received royal assent last April and sets out a range of new rules to protect tenants. One of the regulations […]

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Government announces £20m funding to fight back against ‘rogue’ landlords in England

Landlords who exploit the supported housing system at the expense of vulnerable residents could be banned from operating or fined up to £30,000 as enforcement is stepped up across the country. A £20 million UK Government fund will support councils to crack down on landlords who profit through benefit claims but fail to support their […]

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The role of homes and buildings in levelling up health and wellbeing

On 20 October 2022 the House of Commons held a Westminster Hall debate on the role of homes and buildings in levelling up health and wellbeing. The debate was opened by Jim Shannon MP. For the Hansard record of the debate, click here. For an information pack prepared by the House of Commons Library, click […]

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Social Housing Regulation Bill

On 18 October 2022 the Social Housing Regulation Bill completed Report Stage in the House of Lords. The Bill has been amended by enhancing the powers of the Regulator of Social Housing to enforce standards. The Regulator will also have a legal duty to publish a plan on its commitment to regularly inspect the largest […]

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Section 21, yes or no?

Unfortunately, this Government is also getting a reputation for inconsistency, instance the U turn on the higher rate of tax.  Have we now seen this with the proposed abolition of the Section 21?  Earlier this week, the Times newspaper carried a brief article stating that the Section 21 abolition was likely to ‘be delayed’, as […]

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Private renters could swing the next election

Shelter has reported new MRP polling carried out by Stack Data Strategy which shows that there is a growing “rent wall” in 38 key constituencies where private renters are set to be decisive at the ballot box. The poll shows that one in three private renters who voted for the Conservative Party in 2019 – […]

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Housing Benefit: Shared Accommodation Rate

The House of Commons Library has published a report into the Shared Accommodation Rate. The report can be seen here, and in summary: What is the Shared Accommodation Rate? The maximum amount of housing support private renters can get through Universal Credit or Housing Benefit is limited by the Local Housing Allowance (LHA). This is […]

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Landlords have no confidence in the government

A recent SpareRoom poll revealed that 94 per cent of landlords have no confidence in the government’s approach to housing, with 36 per cent saying they plan to reduce their portfolio this year and a further 16 per cent planning to leave the rental market by the end of this year. With demand from tenants […]

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Property Portal confirmed, to have access to the Rogue Landlord database

The Government have finished their consultation into the Rogue Landlord Database, and have announced it will become public, being incorporated into the new Property Portal. You can see the announcement here, which says ‘As set out in the ‘a fairer private rented sector’ White Paper, published in June 2022, we will introduce a new Property […]

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