Councils and private landlords need to talk

Councils and private landlords could, and should, work together. That’s a bold statement, we know, and one that might seem to be nigh-on impossible given this week’s news story about Havering Borough Council. If you’ve missed it, here’s a summary:  A private landlord let a property on a 12-month tenancy to a woman who was […]

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Not too bad, at all – a Silver Award

We’ve just been awarded a silver in this year’s Negotiator Awards in the Professional Support category. Now that’s not bad. In fact, it’s pretty good, but it’s not quite the award we were aiming for. No sour grapes, though –  we would like to offer our hearty congratulations to My Home Move, recipient of the […]

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The prospect of rent pressure zones

If you’re still working on the assumption that you’ll always be able to set the rent for your property, you might want to keep a close eye on the situation in Scotland. The Scottish Parliament has passed legislation which will enable local authorities to establish ‘Rent Pressure Zones’. The effect of these zones would be […]

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Letting agent regulation: it’s time to have your say

A few days ago, we posted a blog about reforms affecting the Scottish property rental sector. Similar changes are likely to be enforced across the whole of the UK in the future. The Department for Communities and Local Government has launched a consultation, calling for evidence to help develop plans to protect the consumer in […]

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Defaulting tenants? It’s time to get your skates on.

We’re rapidly heading towards that time of year when everything stops working for the Christmas and New Year break. Although it’s not widely known or publicised, the courts generally operate an amnesty on evictions over the festive period. The exact dates vary, but can be as much as a fortnight either side of Christmas Day. […]

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Scotland paves the way with housing reform

Very soon, new legislation comes into force in Scotland that will be a big shake-up for the private rental sector. Amongst the provisions of the housing bill are a new single form of tenancy and the introduction of a new tribunal which will handle all disputes.  A further change is to be brought in in […]

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If a tenant sub-lets, what should you do?

Tenants who break the terms of their agreement and sub-let their home face tough penalties – if they’re renting social housing. Social housing and council tenants who sub-let face being charged with a criminal offence, a hefty fine and the threat of a prison sentence. Not so for tenants who rent from private landlords. The […]

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Housing affordability and private landlords

Now the Government has promised a fund of £2bn to build affordable housing, who should rejoice? People on lower incomes would welcome rented housing at a price they can afford. But not everyone will get the opportunity. Housing shortage in the UK £2bn will fund the building of an extra 5,000 homes per year. Shelter […]

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Landlords and universal credit

Despite warnings from councils, charities and backbenchers, the Government is forging ahead with the Universal Credit scheme. Widely feared a social policy disaster, it changes the way people receive benefits. Six benefits now become one in the boroughs where it’s been adopted. A sound idea in principle: the idea is to simplify the system and […]

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Simply the best

The UK culture values reserve and modesty. If you shout your achievements too loudly you soon get branded big-headed. Similarly, British consumers like to make their own judgements about the companies they buy from. They’d rather see a quirky ad that positions the brand than listen to a salesman tell them how brilliant the product […]

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