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The Housing Ombudsman’s call for evidence on noise complaints

The Housing Ombudsman has launched a call for evidence to support their next systemic investigation which will look at noise complaints. The investigation will explore how social landlords manage reports of noise nuisance and what drives complaints about how those are handled. Noise complaints can have a particularly significant impact on residents causing deep frustration […]

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As the cost of living crisis deepens, we urge our members to take a close look at tenant’s bank accounts to see if they are making use of buy now pay later credit. According to the Guardian, the buy now, pay later company Klarna will start reporting UK customer debts to credit agencies for the […]

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Licensing approved for Oxford

Oxford City Council’s ‘selective licensing’ scheme was given the green light, meaning that all private rented homes in the city will need a licence from September. Just under half (49.3 per cent) of all Oxford’s homes are privately rented. An independent review in 2020 found that more than a fifth (6,200) of the 30,500 homes […]

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Government gives approval for extension of licensing scheme

THE Government has formally granted approval for the extension of two selective landlord licensing schemes in Burnley for a further five years. The previous schemes in Burnley Wood/Healey Wood and the Leyland Road areas of the town, which covered 2,000 houses, expired at the end of last year. While there was an improving picture in both areas, […]

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Many landlords still excluded from new Building Safety Law

The Building Safety Bill has become law – and while it does offer help to leaseholder landlords with one or two investment properties, those with larger portfolios remain excluded.Under the new legislation, owners of up to three properties in the UK will qualify for the protections. This includes all properties and not just those requiring […]

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Don’t forget insurance

The Telegraph has run a piece stating ‘Eviction delays in the wake of the pandemic and the cost of living crisis are driving a surge in demand for rent insurance as landlords scramble to protect themselves against soaring arrears.’ The whole article can be seen here, you might have to register to read it. Hopefully you […]

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More landlords selling, and tenants staying longer – figures show

Renters are remaining in properties for nearly two years on average, according to an industry body. Figures from Propertymark, which represents lettings and estate agents, said renters are staying put for 23 months on average. It said a lack of available properties could be contributing to renters remaining in homes for longer periods, with just […]

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Are landlords being tempted back into the market?

Despite headlines over the last few years being largely dominated by record house prices, in some cases, the rental market has outpaced the sales market, a fact not missed by would-be landlords, according to Knight Frank.According to the latest market analysis from Knight Frank, the number of buy-to-let mortgages issued last year reached its highest […]

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Surprise – some tenants use eviction delays to avoid paying rent

Eviction specialist Landlord Action says it’s seen a sharp rise in landlords seeking to use its debt recovery service against tenants who could afford their rent but chose not to pay.Instructions from April 2021 to March 2022 were up 180 per cent compared to the pre-pandemic year of April 2019 to March 2020. The service […]

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The end of the small landlord? The beginning of larger corporate landlords?

This is Money have just published an article on end of the ‘accidental landlord’.  It can be seen here, and says:   Small-time landlords are increasingly giving way to portfolio investors and large corporate landlords, according to a property industry body. Investors with larger portfolios are continuing to snap up properties, according to Propertymark, with […]

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My dishonest tenant failed to pay £14,950 rent but had £250,000 in the bank

The number of landlords seeking unpaid rent has nearly tripled since the pandemic began, as even wealthy tenants have begun defaulting on payments. Instructions for rental debt recovery services are up 180% in the last year, compared to the previous 12 months, according to Landlord Action, an eviction company. Paul Shamplina of the recovery service […]

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Anti-landlord legislation sees BTL lending fall 8% since 2016

Despite the relentless tidal wave of Government changes to buy-to-let profitability severely damaging landlord appetites over the last five years, the level of B2L loans being issued remains substantially higher than a decade ago. Analysis of mortgage lending data from specialist property lending experts, Octane Capital, shows that last year, the value of residential loans […]

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Human Rights Act reforms would weaken human rights protections in the UK: Parliamentary Committee

On 13 April 2022 the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights warned that Government proposals to reform the Human Rights Act risk weakening existing human rights protections. In a report published on that day, the Committee criticised proposals to replace these protections with a ‘British’ Bill of Rights, finding that they would instead cause confusion […]

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Private rented housing ‘failing far too often to provide safe and secure homes’: Public Accounts Committee

On 13 April 2022 the Commons Public Accounts Committee published a report on the regulation of private renting in which it found that it is “too difficult for renters to realise their legal right to a safe and secure home” and that local authorities – constrained by a lack of support from the Department for […]

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Rental values expected to improve

According to a recent forecast from a leading UK estate agents the private rental sector this year can look forward to an average 4 per cent rise in rental values, and by the end of 2027 a substantial 17.1 per cent. Head of residential development at the agents Oliver Knight, says: “At a national level, the rental […]

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Guardian article: ‘We’re not all terrible’: the landlords who keep rents low

The Guardian newspapers have published an article crediting landlords who are not Rogues, but caring landlords.  It can be seen here, and says: When landlords hit the headlines it tends to be for the worst of reasons – what we don’t tend to hear are the stories of tenants who live in properties in good […]

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Retired landlords unable to return home after council advised tenant to stay put

Two pensioners have been unable to move back into their home after Stevenage Borough Council told their tenants to remain in the couple’s property despite being given notice to quit. The husband and wife, both in their 70s, hoped to move back into their terraced house in Stevenage just before Christmas Two days before their tenant was due […]

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Report on Rough sleeping (England)

The House of Commons library has published a paper providing information on the number of rough sleepers in England and policies aimed at meeting the Government’s target of ending rough sleeping by 2024. The report can be seen here, and the summary says: Local authorities in England do not have a duty to secure accommodation […]

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Are the Salvation Army acting like ‘a rogue landlord’

The Salvation Army, a well-known charity, has been accused of acting like “a rogue landlord” by leaving some of its private tenants living in substandard conditions. It has been reported that the Christian organisation ignored repeated requests to improve hazardous conditions by its tenants in Hadleigh, Essex. Tenants have complained of being subjected to years […]

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Tory Minister criticises Private And Social Renting at Shelter conference

Two ‘high profile’ Tory MPs addressed delegates attending the Shelter conference at which the charity stated that around six million private tenants are being “held back” in life. According to Shelter’s recent poll more than half of private tenants “equivalent to 5.8m people” are unable to save because of their housing and living costs. The […]

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Don’t forget insurance

The Telegraph has run a piece stating 'Eviction delays in the wake of the pandemic and the cost of living crisis are...

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