Council Tax Changes Central Housing Group

Council Tax Arrears Prompts Call For New Rules

Outstanding council tax arrears have soared according to new government figures. Data from he Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities shows arrears at £6 billion as of March 31 this year, a 9% year-on-year rise and an 71% increase since before the pandemic – the total outstanding arrears stood at £3.5 billion in 2019 to 2020. The StepChange Debt Charity has raised concerns around some collection practices employed by… Continue Reading Council Tax Arrears Prompts Call For New Rules

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Property Energy Professionals Association

Property Energy Professionals Association Slam Criticism

The Property Energy Professionals Association – a trade group representing accreditation schemes for energy assessors – is complaining that it’s not been consulted about a recent report slamming Energy performance Certificates. Consumer champions Which? this week hit out at EPCs and the assessors who write them, saying EPCs are riddled with inaccuracies and gave numerous examples of tests it gave specific certificates, inspe3ctions and assessors to prove the point.  However,… Continue Reading Property Energy Professionals Association Slam Criticism

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Significant Proportion Of Tenants

Significant Proportion Of Tenants Skip Food And Heat

The Deposit Protection Service’s charitable foundation claims that a significant proportion of tenants who have recently moved are cutting back on food and heating to meet new, higher rents. Some 32% of the 2,210 tenants who responded to The DPS’ survey in March said they’d moved during the previous 12 months, with 72% of movers saying they are paying higher rents at their new homes. A significant proportion of tenants… Continue Reading Significant Proportion Of Tenants Skip Food And Heat

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Landlord Possession Claims Increase

Noticeable Increase In Landlord Possession Claims

The latest data released by the Ministry of Justice pinpoints a very significant rise in landlord possession claims across the UK as landlords are being hit hard by the rising interest rates. In the first three months 2024 landlord possession claims increased by 6 per cent higher than the same period in 2023 with 24,874 cases. At the same time possession orders increased compared to the previous year by 3… Continue Reading Noticeable Increase In Landlord Possession Claims

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Rent Arrears Or Damage Deposits

Deposits Don’t Cover Rent Arrears Or Damage

Cash deposits increasingly don’t cover landlords’ claims for rent arrears or damage, according to a new study. Deposit alternative product Reposit examined data from UK tenancy agreements that ended this year and found that landlords needed to reclaim more than five weeks’ of rent to cover costs in 17% of tenancies – up from 13% in 2023. Meanwhile, 49% of agreements ended without any costs incurred by the tenant. CEO… Continue Reading Deposits Don’t Cover Rent Arrears Or Damage

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Increase In Right To Rent Checks

Massive Increase In Right To Rent Checks

It is claimed that a massive increase in Right To Rent checks have surged in the last twelve months by a gargantuan 577 per cent. Civil fines for failing to carry out the scheme’s required Right to Rent checks have been sizeably increased with landlords and lettings agents’ penalties as high as £20,000. Agents and landlords in England have for some time been made responsible for outlawing prospective renters without… Continue Reading Massive Increase In Right To Rent Checks

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Letting Agents Trade Body Propertymark

Letting Agents Trade Body Propertymark Calls For Reform

Letting agents trade body Propertymark has backed a call by consumer group Which? for radical reforms to Energy Performance Certificates. Yesterday we reported that Which? slammed current EPCs for alleged inaccuracies and for being unhelpful to consumers. Now Timothy Douglas, head of policy and campaigns at letting agents trade body Propertymark, says: “Propertymark has long said that Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) could be better utilised through the introduction of a… Continue Reading Letting Agents Trade Body Propertymark Calls For Reform

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Energy Performance Certificates

Energy Performance Certificates slammed as “inaccurate”

Energy Performance Certificates can be riddled with inaccuracies and give unhelpful advice to property owners. That’s the view of consumer service Which? Which? selected 12 members of the consumer group who were homeowners across England, Wales and Scotland and booked EPC assessments on their behalf during February to March 2024 to find out how accurate EPCs are.  Their properties were built between 1650 and 1999 and ranged from a one-bedroom… Continue Reading Energy Performance Certificates slammed as “inaccurate”

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Eco-Improvements Central Housing Group

Eco-Improvements Demanded By Tenants

A small survey by a bank suggests that almost 100% of buy to let investors surveyed have received requests from tenants for some form of sustainable eco-improvements in the past 12 months. Handelsbanken commissioned research in March 2024 through independent research company Pure Profile among a panel of 200 property investors across the UK. According to the findings, 92% of investors reported tenants asking for sustainable eco-improvements such as heat… Continue Reading Eco-Improvements Demanded By Tenants

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Deposit Alternative Service

Deposit Alternative Service Says Tenancy Check Outs Rise

The number of tenancies ending in a claim for more than five weeks’ rent has risen to 17%, a deposit alternative service claims. Reposit, a deposit alternative service, examined its own data from tenancy agreements from across the UK that have come to an end during 2024.  It found that in 17% of tenancies, landlords needed to reclaim more than five weeks of rent to cover costs such as rent… Continue Reading Deposit Alternative Service Says Tenancy Check Outs Rise

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Property Ladder Second Jobs

Second Jobs To Get Onto The Property Ladder

Young people in London are taking on second jobs to get onto the property ladder, it’s claimed. Of the first-time buyers in London surveyed, half of the 18 to 24 year olds (48%) said they are planning to take on extra work to save the amount needed for a house deposit on the property ladder. However the survey is small – just 500 people. This comes as the research finds… Continue Reading Second Jobs To Get Onto The Property Ladder

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Smoke Heat and Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Smoke Heat and Carbon Monoxide Alarms Guidance

Mandatory smoke, heat and carbon monoxide alarms will be introduced to private rented sector properties in Northern Ireland. Under the Smoke, Heat and Carbon Monoxide Alarms for Private Tenancies Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2024, there are three key changes for rented property. The first is for a smoke alarm to be installed in the main living room, and in every circulation space on each storey (hall, landing area); the second is… Continue Reading Smoke Heat and Carbon Monoxide Alarms Guidance

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Growing Housing Crisis

Major Parties Slammed For Ignoring Growing Housing Crisis

In an unusually outspoken intervention into the election campaign, Rightmove has criticised the absence of debate over the growing housing crisis. The issue has not so far featured prominently in any major party statement and had only fleeting references in the TV debate between Rishi Sunak and Sir Kier Starmer earlier this week. Now Rightmove’s property expert Tim Bannister has issued a statement saying:”At a time when house prices and… Continue Reading Major Parties Slammed For Ignoring Growing Housing Crisis

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1 Million New Homes Target Claim

1 Million New Homes Claim By Tories

Official figures suggest the Government and Housing Secretary Michael Gove have reached the 1 million new homes target, although it has had to use EPC registrations as the measure. The Government claims it has hit its target of one million new homes built during the past five years. Its aim was to reach the figure during this Parliament before the General Election that will now take place on 4 July.… Continue Reading 1 Million New Homes Claim By Tories

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Leasehold And Freehold

Leasehold And Freehold Reform Bill Passes

Neither leaseholders nor freeholders are entirely happy with the last-minute legislation The Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill passed into law today — one of the last pieces of legislation to make it through the House of Lords before Parliament is prorogued ahead of the general election. But many of the hoped-for changes to alleviate the financial strain on leaseholders did not make it into law. “This limited Bill is a… Continue Reading Leasehold And Freehold Reform Bill Passes

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London House Prices Drop - CHG

London House Prices Drop But Some Boroughs Rise

London house prices drop by 3.4 per cent between March 2023 and 2024. While property prices across England rose one per cent in the past year, according to the latest House Price Index from HM Land Registry, London continued to register declining prices. The average price of a London house is now £499,663 — the first time London house prices drop below half a million pounds since July 2021. As… Continue Reading London House Prices Drop But Some Boroughs Rise

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London Housing Sector Central Housing Group

London Housing Sector Rescue By General Election?

A July election is exactly what the downtrodden London housing sector has been crying out for. Announced by a sodden Rishi Sunak, the news of a summer General Election was the ray of sunshine that London estate agents have been waiting for. After all, rain clouds have darkened the London housing sector for close to a decade. Sales were sluggish during the Brexit years, there was an urban exodus during… Continue Reading London Housing Sector Rescue By General Election?

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Online Tenancy Agreements

Online Tenancy Agreements Read By A Quarter

The latest survey from a law firm has found that just under a quarter of tenants – 24 per cent – actually took time to read their online tenancy agreements. The firm states the main reason being for such a low uptake is because of living in a digital age where the acceptable norm is for online tenancy agreements and quick clicks. Of those who took part in the survey… Continue Reading Online Tenancy Agreements Read By A Quarter

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Property Energy Professionals

Property Energy Professionals Blast EPC Accuracy

A group of property energy professionals in the property sector are criticising Which? claims over how accurate Energy Performance Certificates and criteria are. The consumer organisation says across the UK there are countless millions of households worried about how best to keep their homes warm in the winter months and are very apprehensive about high energy costs. It states that an EPC could be an invaluable source of information and… Continue Reading Property Energy Professionals Blast EPC Accuracy

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Rogue Landlords Fines

Councils Failed To Collect Half Of Rogue Landlords Fines

A PRS trade body’s data revealed that just under half of rogue landlords fines have been collected by local councils. The organisation obtained the data from its Freedom of Information request which found that £13 million of civil penalties were issued by councils between 2021 and 2023, but only £6 million has so far been collected. Authorities have powers to issue civil penalties of up to £30,000 to rogue landlords… Continue Reading Councils Failed To Collect Half Of Rogue Landlords Fines

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