Tagged: regulation

Number of young professionals opting for HMOs on the rise

Number of young professionals opting for HMOs on the rise

‘Hutching up’, whereby several individuals share accommodation has traditionally been a London phenomenon due to the fact that rents in the area are prohibitively high. It appears however that this trend is on the...




84% of brokers believe letting agents should be fully regulated

84% of brokers believe letting agents should be fully regulated

According to a poll carried out by Mortgage Solutions, just 16% of respondents believe the industry does not needed compulsory regulation. Simon Ryan, a landlord and managing director of Social Advisers, said greater landlord protection...




New restrictions to licensing schemes announced by housing minister

New restrictions to licensing schemes announced by housing minister

The housing minister, Brandon Lewis, has moved to curb any new selective licensing schemes of private rented homes. New restrictions will come into force on April 1. From this date councils will require specific...




Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to be required in all rented homes

Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to be required in all rented homes

All rental properties, both private and social, will soon be required to have smoke and carbon monoxide alarms installed. The move, supported by the British Property Federation was announced yesterday by communities minister, Penny...




Industry panel trashes Labour housing policy

Industry panel trashes Labour housing policy

At the Paragon Buy to Let Debate, Labour plans to introduce three-year tenancy agreements as standard and to restrict private rental costs have been dismissed and branded “political gerrymandering”. During the debate, panel members...




UK’s landlords spooked by coming election

UK’s landlords spooked by coming election

A survey of over 500 landlords by Urban.co.uk found that almost half of the UK’s private rented sector landlords have halted plans to expand their property empires ahead of the general election.  Among the...




UK Agents Housing Manifesto – supply, regulation and tax

UK Agents Housing Manifesto – supply, regulation and tax

The National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) and Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) launched the manifesto today at the third consecutive NAEA Conference.  Having met professionals, politicians, experts and campaigners across the UK...




Government amendment could have major consequences for landlords

Government amendment could have major consequences for landlords

A government amendment which could have major implications as to how landlords and letting agents deal with repairs is due to be debated on Wednesday. The proposed ‘retaliatory eviction’ amendment could mean a six-month delay...




Energy efficiency regulations to be presented to Parliament

Energy efficiency regulations to be presented to Parliament

Ed Davey, the energy and climate secretary, will present the regulations on energy efficiency in parliament on Thursday. Campaigners have hailed the move as potentially the most significant piece of legislation in a generation aimed...




Are you risking heavy fines by operating an HMO without the correct licence?

Are you risking heavy fines by operating an HMO without the correct licence?

Licensing for all HMOs was introduced from October 2000 to try and improve standards in the sector, in terms of both physical accommodation and the management of tenancy issues. However, many landlords are risking...