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

Competition and Markets Authority looks at using 'consumer protection powers to assist' PRS tenants and landlords to understand their rights and obligations

The CMA, one of whose purposes is to tackle unfair market practices, has been investigating the private rented sector and has raised concerns about the functioning of the PRS in a recent report this month.

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Harry Ulaeto

Two recent housing enforcement cases highlight the importance of property licensing having a place in the Local Authority toolkit

A "Serial slum landlord" has received Brent Council's first banning order whilst a "Dodgy landlord" and his agent in Dagenham are made to pay £22,000 with the landlord also ordered to pay a £15,000 rent repayment order.

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Harry Ulaeto

Right to Rent fines "to be more than tripled" for landlords who rent their properties to 'illegal migrants'

Described as "the biggest shakeup of civil penalties since 2014 the fine per occupier rises from £1000 to "up to £10,000 per occupier" for a first offence.

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Harry Ulaeto

Portsmouth City Council fines two landlords £15,000 and £24,000 respectively for operating unlicensed HMO properties

Both landlords were found out following unannounced inspections by council enforcement officers.

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Harry Ulaeto

Large number of student occupied HMOs raises community cohesion concerns on an estate in Bristol

The High Kingsdown estate in the Cotham ward of Bristol is seeing some students living in the area receiving fines of up to £250 for nuisance behaviour.

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Harry Ulaeto

EPC upgrades: Can the private rented sector energy efficiency circle still be squared and if so, could selective licensing schemes point the way?

Local authority selective licensing schemes, now increasingly being used by councils seeking to improve living conditions in their local private rented sector, can be a way of moving beyond the debate surrounding a recent byelection result (extensively covered elsewhere)

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Harry Ulaeto

Crown Court imposes huge £300K fine on pillar of the community rogue landlord prosecuted by Hounslow council

The landlord, who was awarded an OBE in 2011 for services to charity, had been previously fined £20,000 in 2009 for illegally converting a house into 3 flats.

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Harry Ulaeto

Whither minimum energy efficiency targets in the private rented sector after Michael Gove interview on housing and the environment

The recent byelection result in Uxbridge seems to have sent out ripples beyond merely a new addition to the House of Commons roll call not least, depending on one's view, blaming it on or crediting for it, London's ULEZ scheme.

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Harry Ulaeto

Building Research Establishment says urgent action now on poor quality housing could save £135 billion

The BRE has published a new report that provides a 'cost benefit analysis' of carrying out a national programme of remediation of substandard housing in England that would pay for itself, over 9 years, in Health Service savings alone.

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Harry Ulaeto

Southend-on-Sea unlicensed HMO landlord and agent fined twice on same day with fines totalling over £30,000

The landlord had been found guilty of housing offences in his absence by Colchester Magistrates in one case and changed his plea to guilty in the second case before Basildon Magistrates.

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