Tagged: tenancies

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...




New pension rules unlikely to impact market

New pension rules unlikely to impact market

In April of this year, new pension rules come into effect in the UK which will allow more flexibility in fund withdrawals. Recent headlines had suggested that these changes could result in a flood...




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...




Change in law results in record number of complaints to the TPO

Change in law results in record number of complaints to the TPO

In the three months after all letting agents were required by law to join a redress scheme, the Property Ombudsman received a record number of complaints. Between October 1 and the end of the...




New landlords fair best with student lets

New landlords fair best with student lets

A new survey shows that new landlords tend to have the greatest success in letting out their properties in the student sector. The data gathered by accommodation website, accommodationforstudents.com, shows that for the 2014/2015 academic...




Evidence of discrimination emerges from ‘right to rent’ trials

Evidence of discrimination emerges from ‘right to rent’ trials

Some prospective tenants with foreign accents are being rejected according to feedback from the Immigration Act “right to rent” pilot scheme which was launched in the midlands during December. The scheme by the Joint...




Landlords disappointed at vote on revenge evictions

Landlords disappointed at vote on revenge evictions

Amendments aimed at combatting so-called retaliatory evictions have been passed in the House of Lords’ meaning they are almost certain to become law in the spring. The news has been met with consternation by...




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...