Tagged: maintenance

Councils seeking to introduce licensing schemes despite similar schemes running into legal difficulties

Councils seeking to introduce licensing schemes despite similar schemes running into legal difficulties

Evidence is growing that more councils are seeking to introduce licensing schemes for private sector landlords despite the proponents of similar schemes running into legal difficulties. Oldham MBC last week launched a consultation into...




Retaliatory eviction law considered by government

Retaliatory eviction law considered by government

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is considering introducing legislation to outlaw ‘retaliatory eviction’ of tenants who complain to their landlords about poor housing conditions. Jonathan Bramhall of the DCLG’s private sector...




PRS campaigners release renter’s manifesto

PRS campaigners release renter’s manifesto

Generation Rent has released a renter’s manifesto – and is now asking for people’s views and additional proposals as well as suggestions for other solutions.




Cleanliness main reason for security deposit disputes

Cleanliness main reason for security deposit disputes

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks has highlighted increasing security deposit disputes due to the unacceptable condition in which many tenants vacate properties at the end of their tenancies. The main disputes centre on...




Compulsory redress schemes for UK letting and property management agents confirmed

Compulsory redress schemes for UK letting and property management agents confirmed

All letting and property management agents in the UK will be required to join an approved redress scheme later this year under new plans announced by Housing Minister Kris Hopkins. Millions of tenants and...




Shocking NUS Housing Survey Reinforces Need for Purpose-Built Student Accommodation

Shocking NUS Housing Survey Reinforces Need for Purpose-Built Student Accommodation

‘Homes Fit for Study’ released by the NUS last month revealed that more than three quarters (76%) of respondents had experienced problems with the condition of their home in the private rented sector. From...




Move into private rented sector ‘a natural step’ for ALMOs

Move into private rented sector ‘a natural step’ for ALMOs

Two thirds of housing ALMOs plan to be working in the private rented sector by the end of the year, according to a report published today. The National Federation of ALMOs ‘Right Time Right...




Rents up, Voids Down and Green is Good

Rents up, Voids Down and Green is Good

Build to Rent At the beginning of the month a report from non-profit company Million Homes, Million Lives, claimed that ‘Half of Britain could be renting within 30 years’, and called for changes to encourage...




Go green to get a good deal

Go green to get a good deal

It’s not surprising that the news that the government is extending Green Deal finance to landlords and tenants in England, Wales and Scotland has been welcomed by lettings bodies. With just four years to...




Private rental sector to play a crucial role in providing much needed homes in the UK

Private rental sector to play a crucial role in providing much needed homes in the UK

The private rented sector will be crucial in the UK’s recovery from the housing crisis and the build to rent sector is growing at a time when more rental properties are needed, a property...