News Desk

Here you will find a selection of articles covering the latest industry news for the Private Rented Sector as well as some of our own thought provoking articles! Feel free to share any articles that you find interesting.

Harry Ulaeto

Laws that improve housing stock and its management across any borough are good for both tenants AND landlords

Some of the immediate reactions, from the private rented sector at least, to the release of the recent rental reform white paper have certainly been a little mixed. To be fair though, that’s always the case with below the line commentary, whatever the name on a publication’s masthead.

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Jamie Hamilton

Salford landlord fined £20,000 by magistrates for letting out unsafe house despite having been served with an emergency prohibition order

The landlord of a Salford property which had been converted into 5 self contained flats plus a ground floor flat without a bathroom and a basement flat with its own entrance has been convicted of 2 housing offences by magistrates.

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Jamie Hamilton

Gove to LGA - "the difficult days ahead will no doubt test us all" - looks like performance (including PRS enforcement) league tables could be in the mix

On Monday this week the Local Government Association celebrated its 25th anniversary at its conference in Harrogate which ends today. Arguably the main event in terms of key note speeches was that of the levelling up secretary Michael Gove MP.

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Jamie Hamilton

71 year old Leeds landlord banned from operating rental properties after 5 prosecutions by Leeds council

An "elderly" landlord in Leeds has been banned from operating private rented properties after a series of magistrates court convictions starting in 2018.

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Jamie Hamilton

LGA warns of £3.6 billion "unforeseen extra cost pressures" raising "a serious risk to the future financial viability of some services and councils"

Earlier this month it was estimated there would be a £1.7 billion shortfall in local government finances due to inflation, payroll costs and cost of living increases. The Local Govt Association has now revised this upwards to £2.4 billion in 2022/23 and reaching £3.6 billion by 2024/25.

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Jamie Hamilton

"Intentionally homeless" and "priority need" categories used in homelessness assessments should be scrapped says Amnesty International

Amnesty International has described the criterion of being intentionally homeless, used by english local authorities when deciding whether or not they have a statutory duty to provide accommodation to someone who presents to them as being homeless, as being "outdated and cruel" and says that it should be scrapped.

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Jamie Hamilton

New selective licensing scheme in Oldham goes live on July 4th 2022

Oldham council's new selective licensing scheme will go live next week on July 4th and any non exempt privately rented properties in the designated areas will need to be licensed from that date in order to be rented out.

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Jamie Hamilton

East Cambridgeshire district council opens public consultation on private rented sector enforcement policy - seeks input from landlords, agents and tenants

East Cambridgeshire DC has announced that it is revising its private rented sector enforcement policy and that it has opened a public consultation on the revision saying that it "would particularly like to hear from anyone who rents privately, and from landlords, letting agents and landlord/tenant associations.".

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Harry Ulaeto

Bad actors are bad for business - including in the private rented sector

In a criminal case currently (June 2022) being heard before Canterbury Crown Court a Thanet based letting agency and its staff are accused of an orchestrated campaign of violence and vandalism directed at tenants.

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Jamie Hamilton

NRLA applies to "intervene" in rent repayment order appeal case to be heard before the Supreme Court - says outcome could affect many "rent to rent" landlords

On 4th May we reported on a case - Rakusen v Jepson - heard in the Court of Appeal concerning rent repayment orders (RROs) and noted that, following that court's decision, the case would now go up to the Supreme Court. The NRLA (national residential landlords association) has announced that it has now applied to "intervene" in the appeal to the Supreme Court.

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