Tagged: licensing scheme

Newham warns rogue landlords

Newham warns rogue landlords

Newham Council has sent out a warning to rogue landlords telling them to “clean up their act or pay the price”; the move follows 110 arrests through its landlord licensing scheme. Figures released by...




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...




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...




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...




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...




ARLA slams Westminster over lack of rental regulation

ARLA slams Westminster over lack of rental regulation

The Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) has accused the Westminster government of lagging behind its Welsh and Scottish counterparts when it comes to regulating the rental sector. The Scottish Government is due to...




A third of councils are considering compulsory landlord licensing

A third of councils are considering compulsory landlord licensing

Health and safety concerns, and the sheer growth of the sector, lead local authorities to pay more attention to private rentals Eight out of 10 councils expect their authorities to take a more proactive...