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Agency says Brexit having “significant impact” on rental sector

Belvoir says a survey of its franchisees shows that Brexit is having what it calls “a significant impact” on the rental market. A survey of a random cross-section of Belvoir’s franchisees from across the country, analysed by property expert Kate Faulkner, shows that 86 per cent of franchisees predict that rents are likely to rise or remain static in 2019, with 77 per cent predicting that house prices are likely…

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More councils want to increase rental sector licensing regimes

More local authorities have announced that they want to increase the size of the areas covered by their existing selective licensing regimes. In London the Waltham Forest council is now consulting on proposals; it calls its existing licensing system the most effective means to “regulate [private rented properties’] condition, management and occupation and to help tackle anti-social behaviour associated with private rented properties.” Its existing selective licensing system ends next…

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Brexit uncertainty ‘catastrophic’ for housing market confidence

Claim is made within research by property expert Kate Faulkner, commissioned by leading estate agency chain, Belvoir. The uncertainty created by Theresa May’s ongoing attempts to wrangle a last minute Brexit deal is having a ‘catastrophic’ effect on confidence in the housing market, it has been claimed. The comments are made within research by an independent housing expert into Brexit and the property market for Belvoir published today, including some…

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Central Housing Group nominated for two ATLAS / LLAS awards

Success feels twice as nice here at Central Housing Group! We are proud to announce that we have been shortlisted as finalists for two awards at this year’s ATLAS/LLAS Awards. Central Housing Group has been nominated in the categories of “Best Letting Agent of The Year” and “Green Agent of The Year”. The ATLAS/LLAS Conference and Award Ceremony, an elaborate black-tie affair, will take place in the Radisson Blu Portman…

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Section 21 eviction notice Central Housing Group

Landlords fight for repossession rights

THE country’s leading landlord organisation is campaigning to protect the rights of landlords to repossess their properties. This follows a recent court case in which a landlord’s attempt to regain their property was deemed invalid due to a dispute over a gas safety certificate. After initially being granted an order to repossess the property using Section 21 powers, the tenant successfully appealed on the grounds that they were not provided…

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Rental Standards Central Housing Group

Fitness for Human Habitation Act now in force: what landlords need to know

The Fitness for Human Habitation Act 2018 came into force on Wednesday 20th March in England. This means that from now, landlords (or agents acting on their behalf) in England must ensure their rental property is fit for human habitation, both at the beginning and throughout the tenancy. The RLA has created a guide for landlords on the new Act, which can be read on our website here. Tenants given the power…

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‘Scrap Right To Rent’ call after latest controversial court ruling

With the government already on the ropes over Brexit, there’s a call today, 22/03/2019, for one of its flagship immigration policies to be scrapped. Right To Rent has been branded “a farce” by the Residential Landlords Association which wants the government to simply abandon it. This follows a court ruling that a landlord who seeks to repossess property where the Home Office tells them a tenant does not have the…

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Fines for landlords caught out by tax probe more than double in a year

Thousands more landlords are being pursued by the taxman as part of a drive to catch out those investors underdeclaring property income, figures obtained by Telegraph Money have revealed. The number of landlords found to have underpaid or underdeclared tax on letting income rose by 51pc during 2018 to 8,704, according to a Freedom of Information request submitted by this newspaper. The steep rise has sparked concern among groups representing property investors,…

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Rent controls would hurt London renters, says RLA

Responding to reports that the Mayor of London wants to introduce a form of rent control in the capital, David Smith, the policy director at the Residential Landlords Association (RLA), said: “It is curious that the Mayor is considering introducing rent controls at a time when rents in London are falling according to official data. “The Labour Party in Wales has previously rejected rent controls arguing that they reduce incentives…

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Council rental licensing schemes Central Housing Group

Landlords urged to have their say on local licensing consultations

With several licensing consultations currently being run by local authorities across the country, the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is encouraging buy-to-let landlords and letting agents to offer their views. Coventry Council, Hounslow Council and Waltham Forest Borough Council are among the local authorities holding ongoing licensing consultations at the moment. The RLA offers the following information: Hounslow Council Hounslow Council’s additional licensing scheme is due to expire in May 2019.…

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Solicitor renews attack on “unfair” landlord licensing by councils

A legal firm has renewed its criticism of local authority licensing schemes, accusing them of “persecuting” landlords. David Kirwan, managing partner at Kirwans law firm, has singled out Liverpool city council’s decision to hold a public consultation into renewing its landlord licensing scheme for a further five years. Kirwan says if it goes ahead, the extended scheme will result in more landlords being unfairly prosecuted . He argues that the…

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Universal Credit Evictions Central Housing Group

Human Habitation law takes effect today – but not everyone is happy…

Today, 20/03/19, the long-awaited Homes (Fitness For Human Habitation) Act comes into force, pioneered by Labour MP Karen Buck and giving people on new tenancies the ability to take court action directly against landlords rather than relying on the council. But pressure group Generation Rent says this is not enough, as it claims that tenants who successfully use this new law to get the court to order the landlord to…

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Benefit cap driving poverty in rental market

Responding to today’s report from the National Housing Federation on poverty in the private rented sector, Chris Town, Vice Chair of the RLA said: “The biggest driver of poverty in the private rented sector remains the government’s freeze on Local Housing Allowance rates. “Support for housing costs is simply failing to keep up with the realities of rented housing and we call on the government to use its spending review…

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Home repossessions increase after decades of going down

Figures from the Ministry of Justice reveal increasing pressure on household finances initiating first rise for many years. Home repossession claims by mortgage companies increased by a third year-on-year during the final quarter of 2018 to 5,648, latest figures from the Ministry of Justice reveal, suggesting the creaking economy and Brexit are beginning to push some struggling households into the red. Mortgage repossession claims are the beginning of the process and…

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Dope! Letting agent reports tenant over fruity ‘cannabis farm’

Junior member of staff requires a little re-training after spotting what they thought were marijuana plants and growing equipment in long-term rented property. One of Scotland’s leading letting agencies has revealed how one of its staff mistakenly accused a long-term tenant of growing cannabis at one of its properties. The dope story began when a junior member of the team at Edinburgh letting agency The Key People went to do…

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35,000 properties rented out illegally because EPCs are inaccurate

EPC investigation by proptech firm reveals that one in four properties feature square foot measurements that vary by more than 10% from their real size. Over 35,000 E-rated properties are being let illegally in the UK because their Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are so inaccurate, it has been claimed. Proptech firm Spec says this means the properties are likely to be below the minimum legal standard required. Its research also…

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Rental Market Central Housing Group

Buy-to-let landlords must join redress scheme or face a £5,000 fine

Government to launch dispute resolution body for homeowners and tenants The government has announced plans to launch a new Housing Complaints Resolution Service, which will act as a single point of contact for tenants looking to raise disputes against their landlords. Buy-to-let landlords will need to sign up to the service or face fines of up to £5,000. Here, you can find out how the new system could work, and…

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Labour savaged for “fundamental misunderstanding” of rental sector

Labour’s proposal to introduce indefinite tenancies along the lines in a bid to emulate the German model reveals the party’s “fundamental misunderstanding” of the rental sector, says a leading trade body. Earlier this week we reported that Shadow Housing Secretary John Healey wanted to commit the party to “revolutionise” the private rental sector with indefinite tenancies which he said would offer more security for tenants and deter rent increases. However…

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Call for Universal Credit overhaul as many claimants fall into rent arrears

Half the people seeking help with their Universal Credit claim are in rent arrears, according to Citizens Advice. More generous advance loans for new claimants and an additional two weeks of housing benefit while they wait for Universal Credit payments to start were among the measures introduced by the government last year to address concerns that Universal Credit was pushing tenants into arrears. But with new the report published by…

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Total rent paid by tenants drops for first time in 10 years – Countrywide

Private tenants in Britain in 2018 paid £59.1 billion on rent – that’s £1.9 billion less than in 2017 and the first fall in a decade. The data comes from Countrywide’s high-end brand Hamptons International, which produces a monthly lettings sector market report. Hamptons says the 2018 fall has been driven by a drop in the number of households renting and rental growth stagnating. In the long term, however, and…

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