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Tower Hamlet cracks down on landlords

A recent post on Tower Hamlets website states that they have brought 57 successful prosecutions against rogue landlords and letting agents in the past three years fining them more than £360,000. It does at least end '“The majority of landlords abide by the rules, but...

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Industry warns the Chancellor

National letting agent trade body Propertymark has told the Chancellor that unless the private rented sector is overhauled a significant number of landlords will quit the sector. The organisation says within its submission to the Sunak’s Autumn Budget and Spending Review that the rental market is already facing a ‘cliff edge’ as the private rented […]

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Council guarantees up to 6 months rent

Lichfield Council, in Staffordshire is seriously concerned about finding accommodation and provide support for people who are sleeping rough or at risk of becoming homeless.They have joined forces with a local housing association and together they are calling on landlords across the area to lease one or more of their houses or flats to the housing […]

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Hastings used to hate landlords, now they need them – and they want to cap rents

A council that has repeatedly criticised landlords when saying that the private rental market is “out of control” and wants rent controls introduced as soon as possible, has now changed its tune by asking them for help because of the shortage of homes. The lead councillor for Housing and Homelessness Andy Batsford has sent out […]

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House of Commons report for landlords

The House of Commons has published a report entitled ‘ Extended notice periods for tenants‘ It can be seen here: in addition to covering the history of eviction periods over the past 18 months, the full report also covers all the matters that were put into place to protect tenants – nothing about protecting landlords I’m […]

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Legal help: where to go and how to pay

The House of Commons Library published a briefing paper providing information about where to seek legal help and advice, including: finding legal help; self-representation; legal aid; pro bono legal help; other ways of finding legal advice, including organisations which provide help and advice in connection with specific legal issues. For the briefing, click here.

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Could voting Labour lead to Higher Rents And Homeless Tenants?

An international agent has issued a stark warning to Labour that a further raft of landlord taxes will cause many to jump ship and sell up, inevitably leading to higher rents and more tenants ending up on the streets. Chief executive of the agents, Dominic Agace, states that Keir Starmer’s demand for new taxes to be imposed […]

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Why rent control isn’t working in Sweden

The BBC have just done an expose on rent controls, and the effect on the market. It can be seen here, and points out that tenants struggle to find properties, especially in Stockholm because of the lack of rental property due to the regulations designed to prevent owners from making long-term profits are also fuelling […]

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New Tenants’ Rights Minister

Scotland has appointed a new Tenants’ Rights Minister. Patrick Harvie, the Green  MSP for Glasgow will also hold portfolio for Zero Carbon Buildings, Active Travel as well as the Tenants’ Rights Minister. Harvie will lead on delivering a new deal for tenants, and ensuring building standards are fit for purpose. Speaking on behalf of the […]

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Increasing selected court fees and Help with Fees

The Ministry of Justice has just published the outcome of a recent consultation.  It can be seen here, and in their proposal they stated:- The aim of this proposal is to: ensure that there is an efficient and effective courts system ensure access to justice, making sure those who need to access the courts can […]

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