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

Will Selective Licensing Schemes Survive the Renters (Reform) Bill?

The Renters (Reform) Bill completed its most recent legislative stage in the House of Commons last Wednesday (24th April) with around 200 amendments and is now set to progress to the House of Lords.

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Harry Ulaeto

A local authority's £21,000 HMO licensing civil penalty appeal is allowed and clarifies requirements of councils' Notices of Intent

In an important case for councils and PRS landlords the Upper Tier Tribunal (UTT) has allowed an appeal by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council after the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) invalidated a £21,000 civil penalty imposed on a private rented sector HMO landlord.

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Harry Ulaeto

A PRS landlord's spent convictions can be taken into account in banning order applications says UTT

The Upper Tier Tribunal has dismissed a private landlord's appeal against a banning order imposed by the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) on behalf the London Borough of Newham Council.

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Harry Ulaeto

Barking & Dagenham Council's knuckles rapped for disrespecting First Tier Tribunal in selective licensing appeal

The landlord's appeal was against the decision of the council to issue her with a selective licence that lasted only 12 months on the basis that her property was previously rented out without a licence.

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Harry Ulaeto

Renters’ Reform to be in King’s Speech but is it property inspections that will be the proof of the pudding?

With the Renters’ Reform legislation having been alleged, by some, to be missing in action - despite just having gone through its second reading in the House of Commons - the Government has suggested that it will, actually, be in tomorrow’s King’s Speech.

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Harry Ulaeto

As Renters' Reform Bill due for 2nd reading in Parliament today, Govt has said that S. 21 ban won't happen until after court system also reformed

The Bill is scheduled to go through its next legislative stage in the House of Commons today (with a planned protest by renters' groups outside Parliament this evening).

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Harry Ulaeto

Durham County Council's first selective licensing prosecution sees PRS landlord ordered to pay £15,743 in fines and costs

The landlord was convicted of 4 Housing Act offences at Peterlee Magistrates, including failure to apply for licences to operate 2 rental properties in the Horden area.

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Harry Ulaeto

Sheffield PRS Landlord hit with longest banning order so far claims "my tenants think I'm the best"

Sheffield City Council has obtained a 10 year banning order against a PRS landlord who it says "has a long history of operating and managing extremely poor quality housing."

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Harry Ulaeto

Greenwich Council orders demolition of 23 storey build to rent 'mutant development' due to 26 planning breaches

The recently built 2 tower development, on the south bank of the River Thames, includes one block of a 'stepped design' comprising 23, 11, 9 and 6 storeys, and has an estimated 204 households in occupation.

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Harry Ulaeto

Energy industry trade body critiques PM's row back on private rented sector energy efficiency upgrade targets

Energy UK, 'The voice of the energy industry', has joined a chorus of disapproval expressed over the Prime Minister's scrapping of, amongst other targets, domestic energy efficiency targets planned for the PRS.

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