Tagged: regulation

Government Review Recommends Longer Private Tenancies

Government Review Recommends Longer Private Tenancies

Select Committee Inquiry into the UK Private Rented Housing Sector July 2013 The (DCLG) Communities and Local Government Committee last year (2012) decided to conduct an inquiry into the private rented housing sector. The Committee...




July round up of the Private Rented Sector

July round up of the Private Rented Sector

The exceptional weather we have enjoyed during July may be coming to an end, however the momentum on discussing potential regulation of the lettings sector has not cooled.




Public do not understand why letting agents are not regulated, MPs told

Public do not understand why letting agents are not regulated, MPs told

MPs have been told of tenants’ bewilderment when they go into an estate agent to find that staff selling houses on one side of the office are regulated, and their colleagues who are letting...




Letting agents must be regulated, says CLG Select Committee

Letting agents must be regulated, says CLG Select Committee

Letting agents could, finally, be regulated and would all be forced to have Client Money Protection insurance. This morning, a powerful cross-party group of MPs pulled no punches in calling for action to curb...




74% of landlords say selective licensing will deter new entrants

74% of landlords say selective licensing will deter new entrants

A poll of landlords by Paragon Mortgages has found 74 per cent think selective licensing will deter new landlords if it is ever introduced nationally. Landlords were asked for their views on selective licensing...




Former coalition minister slams govt’s landlord immigration plans

Former coalition minister slams govt’s landlord immigration plans

An MP and former minister has branded plans forcing landlords to verify their tenant’s immigration status ‘unworkable’. Former minister for children and families and Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Teather told The Guardian expecting private individuals to...




Letting agent fees are questioned in House of Lords

Letting agent fees are questioned in House of Lords

Letting agents’ fees charged to tenants continue to come under intense scrutiny at the highest levels. Meanwhile, questions have been raised as to whether there are sufficient ‘ombudsman’ type schemes for letting agents to...




Councils must gain more power to raise standards in the private rented sector

Councils must gain more power to raise standards in the private rented sector

Local authorities should enforce private rented sector standards yet lack funds to do so. Expanding selective licensing can fix this. Under the Housing Act 2004, the powers and responsibilities for dealing with unacceptably poor standards in...




Landlord details SHOULD go on Prescribed Information, law firm tells agents

Landlord details SHOULD go on Prescribed Information, law firm tells agents

A leading law firm has said a landlord’s details should be included on Prescribed Information, even where the agent is fully managing the property, to avoid any possible legal problems with tenancy deposits. Linda...




Shelter confirms it wants change in law to stop agent fees to tenants

Shelter confirms it wants change in law to stop agent fees to tenants

When agent David Baker wrote to Shelter over its campaign to end letting agent fees charged to tenants, he was not expecting a response. However, he got one. And the response confirms that Shelter...