Boris offers some comfort for landlords

  Voting in the Tory leadership contest closes on July 22nd.  Before then, no doubt, we’ll hear a lot more about both candidates’ potential policies. There will be much speculation in the media and a lot of guesswork based upon Hunt and Johnson’s previous government positions and actions. Boris Johnson has, however, already announced his […]

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The Big Chill: Could a Berlin-style rent freeze come to Britain?

Any day now, Berlin’s regional government is likely to approve plans for a five-year freeze on private sector rents from January 2020.  Steps will be taken to prevent landlords sneaking through increases in the second half of this year. The context is a steep increase in rents in the first quarter of the year on […]

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Now Section 21 is en-route to the scrapheap, we need a Section 8 that works

Yesterday the Government sounded the death knell for the no-fault Section 21 eviction. Amidst the celebrating voices of tenants, local authorities and housing campaigners, the genuine concerns of landlords aren’t heard, but we should be used to that by now. This change has been on the cards for some time and may be implemented as […]

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Tenant fees ban: Almost half of agents are not ready

A survey of 4,500 lettings agents has revealed the shocking statistic that 44% are currently not ready for the tenant fees ban. Let’s hope they have plans to get up-to-speed very quickly because the ban comes into force on 1 June 2019.  With three months to go, there’s no time to lose. We know that […]

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Will your tenant be taking you to court?

From March 20th this year, under the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act, tenants will be able to sue their landlords over unfit homes. Instead of having to go through local authorities, direct action will be possible, and tenants may be awarded damages. It is estimated that one million rented homes have hazards that contravene […]

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Right-to-Rent: Sim Sekhon asks “What now?”

Just over a year ago, I called for the Government to rethink its policy on Right to Rent checks. You can read my arguments here but in summary, I was concerned that landlords shouldn’t be put in the position of policing immigration and further that the checks would give rise to discrimination. Now, Mr Justice […]

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Sim Sekhon: Don’t head into legal battles alone

  In this country, heading to court has long been considered the last resort, used only when other measures have failed. But it is often said that the UK is becoming more like the USA in its attitude to litigation. Landlords can – and do – find themselves facing legal actions brought by their tenants, […]

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A good reference isn’t an expense. It’s an investment.

In business, success requires a close eye to be kept on income and expenditure. It’s no different in property rental, and in a climate of tax changes, increasing regulation and the knock-on effects of the agency fees ban, cutting unnecessary expenditure makes sense. It is easy, therefore, to see why some landlords are choosing a […]

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Looking beyond the populist message of rent control

Last week, London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, renewed his calls for rent controls to be implemented in the capital. Currently, that’s not something under mayoral control, but Khan wants the Government to make it possible that he, or indeed his successors, can impose rent controls. As rents seem to be steadying or even declining in some […]

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In 136 days, tenant fees will be banned

  In less time than the duration of many tenancies, our industry faces a major change. In the House of Lords yesterday, on a day when eyes might have been focused on other political events, the Government’s housing spokesman named the date for the fees ban implementation. It’s June 1, 2019, and that date will […]

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