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Landlords Fined For Shoehorning 35 Tenants Into One Property

Islington council has recently prosecuted two private landlords who were found guilty of renting out houses in dangerous and sub-standard conditions, after the council discovered 35 tenants living in squalor in one “appalling” property. The council’s officers found tenants living in four two-bedroom flats in a semi-detached Victorian property in Highbury. There were as many as six people who had to sleep in each bedroom; the officers also found that…

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Tenants negotiating rent reductions !

ARLA Propertymark has reported that the number of tenants successfully negotiating rent reductions increased during October to record levels. According to the latest data, the number of tenants successfully negotiating rent reductions jumped from 2% in September to 3.7% during October. This is the highest figure seen since records began in January 2015. In line with this, the number of tenants experiencing rent increases fell for the second month running…

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Landlords Welcome Funding to Support Homeless People Into Rented Housing

Thousands of vulnerable people facing homelessness are set to benefit from the launch of a £20 million scheme to help them secure a privately rented home. The Private Rented Sector Access Fund, launching today on World Homeless Day, 10th October 2018 by Communities Secretary, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, is a dedicated fund designed to help up to 9,000 people who are or at risk of becoming homeless to secure their…

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EU citizens could face repeat of Windrush scandal, say landlords

Residential Landlords Association calls for hard copy documents for EU citizens Landlords have said that EU citizens living in the UK are at risk of facing some of the same difficulties caused for the Windrush generation by a lack of legal certainty around their status after Brexit. The Residential Landlords Association (RLA), which represents more than 30,000 landlords in the UK, has written to the home secretary, Sajid Javid, demanding that EU citizens…

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Landlords remain cautious over new rented homes tax proposals

A conservative think tank has put forward its proposals for Capital Gains Tax relief to encourage longer tenancies and sales to tenants in private rented housing. David Smith, Policy Director for the Residential Landlords Association said: “We welcome Onward’s acceptance of the need for more positive taxation in the rented sector which the RLA has long argued for. Indeed, last year, we suggested using Capital Gains Tax reliefs in a…

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Guaranteed Rent Scheme Hillingdon Landlord Forum

Central Housing Group recently attended the Guaranteed Rent Scheme Hillingdon Landlord Forum on the evening of 20th November 2018 which was held at LB Hillingdon, Civic Centre, High Street, Uxbridge, UB8 1UW. We were attending at the invitation of Jessica Alomankeh, Projects Manager of the London Landlord Accreditation Scheme (LLAS) and we welcomed the opportunity to speak to many Hillingdon landlords who attended as well as Hillingdon Council housing officers.…

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Bill giving tenants right to sue is set to take a step forward today

Today sees the Second Reading in the House of the Lords for the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill, promoted by Labour backbencher Karen Buck with strong support from the government and industry. The Bill seeks to amend the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, and the Building Act 1984. If it becomes law (as is highly likely, in the second half of 2019) it will ensure that all landlords in the…

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Controversial landlord couple must reveal finances to court

One of Britain’s highest profile landlords is to be sentenced on December 11 – and she must show the court details of the bank accounts and assets held by her and her husband. Judith Wilson is the partner of Fergus Wilson, who regularly hits the headlines: together they at one time owned a reported 1,000 properties, almost entirely around Ashford in Kent, and have frequently generated news stories through their statements…

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Policy pitch for private renters to purchase properties from landlords

BtL landlords would not pay capital gains tax when selling to tenants who have lived in a property for three years or more. A new policy pitch could clear the way for private renters to purchase properties off landlords through a scheme dubbed Chance to Buy. Under the plan, BtL landlords would not pay capital gains tax when selling to tenants who have lived in a property for three years…

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Living in Enfield:area guide to homes, schools and transport links

This town beside the green belt with good schools, easy links to the City and its own mythical beast. Families come to Enfield because of the appeal of small town life and the acres of green space which surround it with two beautiful country parks — Trent Park and Forty Hall — and Epping Forest close by. The citizens of Enfield in north London are proud of their history. The Dugdale Centre in Enfield town centre…

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“It’s not enough” – industry wants homelessness initiative beefed up

Trade bodies have welcomed a government initiative to get more homeless people, as well as those at risk of becoming homeless, into private rented housing – but there are concerns the measures are not strong enough. The government this week announced that local councils would be permitted to contact lettings agents to find accommodation for those currently homeless or those at risk of homelessness, and would even be entitled pay…

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Rippling out:house prices fall in London commuter belt for first time in six years

The downturn in the London property market has spread into the commuter belt where prices have fallen year on year for the first time since 2012, a new survey reveals today. The average cost of a home in the “Outer Metropolitan” region – covering dormitory towns such as Reading, Maidstone, St Albansand Woking – dipped 0.3 per cent to £364,309 in the 12 months to September, according to lender Nationwide. Prices in the capital itself were also…

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Cleaning and damage are main reasons students lose deposits at check-out

The Deposit Protection Service says almost a quarter of students lost part of their tenancy deposit when they left their accommodation at the end of the last academic year. The service says that cleaning (63 per cent) is the common reason cited by agents and landlords claiming part of their tenants’ deposits, followed by damage to property (54 per cent), redecoration (37 per cent), rent arrears (23 per cent), gardening…

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Homelessness triggered by Housing Benefit not private rental sector

A substantial study by university academics suggests that changes to the benefit system lie behind the long-term rise in homelessness from private rented housing. Research from the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit at Manchester Metropolitan University – commissioned by the Residential Landlords Association – has found that a key driver of homelessness from the private rented sector has been introduction in 2008 of the Local Housing Allowance, as a way…

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Shock survey shows longer tenancies could deter many landlords

The shock findings of a new survey suggest that 32 per cent of landlords would be less likely to buy new rental property if the government were to introduce compulsory three-year tenancies. The latest PRS Trends survey by specialist buy to let lender Paragon – which was one of the first lenders to update its lending criteria to allow longer tenancies, back in 2014 – says the result comes from…

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Landlords warned that arrears and evictions have doubled under Universal Credit

New figures from the BBC’s Panorama programme have revealed that tenants claiming Universal Credit have more than double the rent arrears of those who have yet to move to the new benefit system. A survey of Universal Credit claimants in every local authority area where the changes have been implemented shows they owe their landlords £662.56 on average, compared with £262.50 for those on traditional housing benefits. The figures also…

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Two thirds of Britain ‘unaffordable to young renters’ claims BBC

A salary of £51,200 a year is required to rent a one bedroom home in London according to research conducted by a BBC data team. Across England as a whole, with the capital included in the analysis, a gross annual income of £24,800 would be needed for the average one-bedroom rental flat. In Scotland £20,700 is needed and in Wales £17,600. The calculations are made on the basis of people spending…

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Shock survey claims 1.5m deposits ‘not in any protection scheme’

A comparison website claims that over 1.5m tenants know their landlord has not placed their deposits into a government-backed deposit protection scheme. The startling figure comes from Comparethemarket which claims that despite the legal obligation for landlords to put deposits into schemes such as the DPS, many tenants say they know this has not been done. Meanwhile a fifth of tenants claim that they do not have a contract with…

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London lettings market will recover – but it’ll take two years at least

A major property platform says London’s rental and sales market may well be on the road to recovery – but that it will not happen for another two years at least. Home says prices look set to stabilise in the capital within two years due to improving rental yields. “During London’s recent property boom, house prices soared ahead of rents. Investment fever drove prices up more than 50 per cent…

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This map shows what the London borough names actually mean

There are some seriously old names knocking about this city of ours – and some of the oldest belong to the 32 London boroughs. The Original Tour did some etymological digging to find out where the borough names come from, and though a few (like Redbridge and Newham) are recent inventions, many date back to the Anglo-Saxon era: a time when most of what is now London apparently consisted of…

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