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KEYWORD "Communities and Local Government" - 91 RESULTS
Why landlords must not use ‘no DSS’ to discriminate against benefit tenants

In recent years, there has been considerable controversy over the use of ‘no DSS’ in homes being listed for let, with...

29 July 2020

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Stamp duty holiday: Rightmove records a very busy day as housing demand spikes

Rightmove yesterday recorded a sharp rise in searches for property on its website as it was forced to deal with pent...

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Ban on tenant evictions will not be extended beyond next month

The government has confirmed that it will not extend the ban on landlords evicting renters beyond 23 August. Renters across England and Wales received greater...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Minister’s comments ‘provide greater certainty for the rental market’

The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) has welcomed confirmation from a government minister that the courts will begin to hear possession...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Extension to eviction ban – three things landlords need to know

Earlier this month, the government confirmed that its ban on evictions due to the coronavirus pandemic is to be extended for...

12 June 2020

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Reforms to housing benefits ‘are needed urgently’

The government is being urged to increase housing benefits and remove the benefit cap to help support more tenants, especially in...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

One in eight tenants struggling with payments

A survey of tenants suggests around one in eight private sector tenants have fallen behind with housing costs since the coronavirus...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords support calls for ‘benefits to cover rents’

MPs on parliament’s Housing, Communities and Local Government have called for greater financial support to be provided to all tenants during...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Unions demand that all rent payments are suspended immediately

Some of the UK’s largest tenants unions have joined forces to heap pressure on the government to suspend all rent immediately,...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Is the government planning to extend the ban on evictions?

There are growing concerns that buy-to-let landlords could be banned from evicting private tenants beyond next month due to the coronavirus...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

New tenancy mediation service launched by the PRS

Property Redress Scheme (PRS) has launched a tenancy mediation service for residential and commercial landlords, or their appointed letting agent, and...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Petition calling for ‘rent holiday’ to support tenants hits 100,000 signatures

The government is under mounting pressure to consider doing more to protect tenants from the threat of eviction during the coronavirus pandemic,...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

MHCLG issues coronavirus guidance for landlords and tenants

COVID-19 has presented a hugely challenging and uncertain time for everyone, with many landlords and tenants in desperate need of fresh...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Social landlords could face a £10bn bill to ‘to fix fire safety problems’

The government is being urged to fund a bailout to help social landlords avoid a £10bn bill to fix fire safety...

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Four upcoming legal changes you need to be aware of as a landlord in 2020

With the festive season fast approaching, it is completely natural for everyone to start winding down a bit at this time...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

London council calls for all estate agency and letting boards to be banned

‘For Sale’ and ‘To Let’ boards are one of the oldest and most important property marketing tools, even in this modern...

14 November 2019

From: Breaking News

New £3.8m fund to help local authorities crackdown on rogue landlords

Fresh funding for local councils in England to tackle unscrupulous landlords has been made available, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 could lead to ‘open-ended tenancies and rent controls’

The government’s plans to scrap Section 21 notices to evict tenants could potentially pave the way for the introduction of open-ended...

14 October 2019

From: Breaking News

New toolkit to help local authorities clampdown on rogue landlords

A new PRS interactive learning toolkit for local authorities to help them take action against rogue landlords and letting agents has...

04 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Sajid Javid says that he will not shift stamp duty to sellers

Sajid Javid has dismissed a report in the Times over the weekend that claimed he planned to make property sellers rather than...

22 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson’s stamp duty plans – what do landlords need to know?

Whether you’re a first-time landlord or an experienced one, there are frequent regulatory changes in the buy-to-let sector that you will...

19 August 2019

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MHCLG amends notes on form landlords use when serving a Section 21 notice

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has updated the notes on Form 6A, the document landlords use when...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Esther McVey becomes Housing Minister, while Robert Jenrick is Housing Secretary

Robert Jenrick has been named the new Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, while Esther McVey has been...

25 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Leasehold packs set to be capped at £200

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has proposed that the maximum fee a landlord can charge a leaseholder...

24 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting and managing agents in England face tougher regulation

Letting and managing agents in England face the prospect of having to abide by a new regulatory framework, in accordance with...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Replacing leasehold with commonhold – government finally responds to readers

Just days after Landlord Today and sister publication, Estate Agent Today, published stories outlining the lack of government response to our...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Government to reform health and safety standards

The government has announced that it will reform the Housing Health Safety Rating System (HHSRS) used to assess health and safety...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Replacing leasehold with commonhold – government fails to respond to readers

Throughout April and May, we ran a high-profile campaign across our sites, Landlord Today, Estate Agent Today, Letting Agent Today and...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Replacing leasehold with commonhold - put your views to the housing minister

In recent weeks our campaign to replace leasehold with commonhold has continued to gather momentum both in the press and across...

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Report exposes ‘scandalous mis-selling of leasehold properties on an epic scale’

Leasehold property ownership has come under yet more fire today after a new report laid bare the scale of mis-selling in...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Mandatory Client Money Protection – what do landlords need to know?

On April 1 2019, the rental sector shifted into a new era of even greater professionalisation with the introduction of mandatory...

09 April 2019

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Housing committee calls for leasehold reform

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has published a report calling for wide ranging reforms to the leasehold system in...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Highly anticipated report into Leasehold Reform to be published today

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee is due to publish its report into Leasehold Reform today, which is designed to...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

It’s time to tackle the scourge of sub-standard rental homes, says PayProp chief

Tenants living in sub-standard rented accommodation need greater support, according to Neil Cobbold, chief operating officer of PayProp UK, who has...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

How much does the average landlord in England earn in income from rent?

There is a misconception among some people that all buy-to-let landlords are wealthy, but the reality is that most operate as...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

The Civil Justice Council doesn’t support plans for a housing court

The Civil Justice Council has said it cannot support government plans for a specialist housing court, deeming it unnecessary.  Responding to the...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

UK Finance slammed for suggesting that the leasehold system is working well

Assertions made by UK Finance that the leasehold system is not in need of major reform have been rejected by Leasehold...

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

The government is ‘not that bothered’ about helping BTL landlords, claims NLA

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has expressed its disappointment at the government’s decision not to address a major ruling that is...

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental deposits to be capped at five weeks rent

The tenancy security deposits that tenants leave with landlords or their letting agents will be capped at a maximum of five...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Three-year tenancy plans could deter a third of BTL landlords

One third of landlords say they would be less likely to acquire property if three-year tenancies are made compulsory, according to...

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords face losing millions as government cracks down on letting fees

Landlords are set to lose out on millions of pounds through a clampdown on rental fees after the government yesterday announced...

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Government must work with landlords on longer tenancy plans, says RLA

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has reacted furiously to growing speculation that the government will press ahead with its plans to...

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

The landlord licensing system should be simpler, says PayProp

The government’s decision to review how selective licensing is used across the private rental sector presents an ideal opportunity to look...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords welcome MPs fire safety plans

A call by a Parliamentary committee for the government to fund certain fire safety improvements in privately owned residential blocks has...

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Important information for landlords: ‘How to Rent’ guide updated

The government’s “How to Rent” guide was once again updated yesterday. Landlords agreeing new tenancies must provide tenants with this new version...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Dominic Raab’s exit leaves us ‘staring down the barrel’ of a housing crisis

Kit Malthouse has been named as the government’s latest housing minister after Dominic Raab, who spent just six months in the...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Government slammed for failing to act on report that suggests improvements to PRS

The government has been criticised for continuing to drag its heels over taking on key recommendations made in a recent report...

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Longer-term tenancy plan is ‘a political move aimed at the renter vote’

The idea of the property-owning democracy has deep roots and has long defined housing policy in this country, with various schemes...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

New government guidance to clampdown on rogue landlords and agents

The government has launched new online information designed to help renters and landlords know their rights. The rental guides, published by the...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Government publishes new guidance for landlords to further protect tenants

New guidance for landlords to further protect tenants from poor living conditions has been published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities...

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental deposits to be capped at six weeks rent

The tenancy security deposits that tenants leave with landlords or their letting agents will be capped at a maximum of six...

03 May 2018

From: Breaking News

New Home Secretary urged to address concerns about Right to Rent

There is growing speculation that the new Home Secretary Sajid Javid is paving the way to become the next Prime Minister....

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL landlords urged to ‘embrace’ tax changes and ‘watch their portfolio thrive’

A combination of tax reform and stricter regulation for landlords is slowing the growth of the private rented sector (PRS), but private...

27 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Give councils power to ‘confiscate’ properties from rogue landlords, say MPs

Local authorities should be given the power to confiscate properties from landlords who break the law, according to a committee of...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental deposits look set to be capped at five weeks rent

The security deposits that tenants leave with their landlord or their letting agent could be capped at no more than five...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Councils to be given new wave of powers to fine landlords

Councils will be handed tough new powers to punish rogue landlords up to £30,000. Under the new legislation, being introduced in October,...

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Government launches major private rented sector survey

Buy-to-let landlords and letting agents working in the private rented sector in England are being invited to offer their views in...

01 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Government approves new selective licensing schemes

Plans to introduce new licensing schemes for privately rented homes across parts of North West London have been given the go-ahead by...

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Government approves new PRS licensing scheme

A proposal to introduce a new licensing scheme for privately rented homes in Nottingham has been given the green light by...

14 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Government announces further crackdown on ‘rogue landlords’

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) yesterday announced fresh plans to clamp down on rogue landlord practices such as...

29 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Four in 10 homes bought under Right to Buy now owned by private landlords

Ever since Margaret Thatcher declared her belief in a ‘property-owning democracy’ and introduced Right to Buy in 1980, the UK was...

11 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Database of rogue landlords and agents to be introduced in April

It has been confirmed that a database of rogue landlords and letting agents as well as new banning orders will be...

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Ban on letting fees must not leave any exploitable loopholes, say Lib Dems

The government’s decision to introduce a draft bill to parliament this week to ban letting agents and landlords from charging introductory...

03 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Over £4.1bn in rental deposits ‘being lost to the British economy’

dLighted, the insurance backed deposit-free renting solution, is once again trying to persuade more landlords and tenants to use its service...

27 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New inquiry into PRS welcomed by letting agents

The decision to launch a new inquiry into the private rented sector has been welcomed by letting agents. The Communities and Local...

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New blacklist will be a ‘valuable tool in protecting tenants’

The new blacklist of rogue agents and landlords, introduced as part of the Housing and Planning Bill, will go a long...

11 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords will be forced to register with an ombudsman redress scheme

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid, yesterday pledged to offer private sector tenants’ greater rights by...

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Top tips for evicting an unwanted tenant

As the buy-to-let industry has grown, so too have the many rules and regulations involved with letting a property. Keeping up with...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Proposed ban on letting agent fees will deter longer term tenancies, says ARLA

Tenants will not benefit from the government’s ban on letting agent fees - because the costs will be passed on in...

10 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Short-term letting industry vow to stop landlords converting ‘homes into hotels’

The short-term letting industry, which includes the likes of Airbnb, joined local authorities and community groups at City Hall yesterday to...

22 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Private rented sector has major role to play in preventing homelessness

The appalling rise in the number of people sleeping rough in England illustrates the importance of private rented accommodation, according to...

31 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Government set to extend mandatory licensing of HMOs in England

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has ended a consultation on ‘Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) and residential property...

13 December 2016

From: Breaking News

More work needed to reduce tenancy deposit disputes

Considerably more must be done to help reduce the number of tenancy deposit disputes, despite the recent improvements recorded in the...

21 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Tighter licensing requirements for HMOs won’t improve standards for tenants

The government’s plan to tighten licensing requirements for landlords of shared accommodation in an effort to clamp down on rogue landlords...

19 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Bad eviction advice can prove costly

Unfortunately for private landlords looking to regain possession of their rental home, private tenants are often advised by local councils and...

15 September 2016

From: Breaking News

NLA supports bill to reduce homelessness

The Homelessness Reduction Bill, which was published by the Communities and Local Government Select Committee last week, has received backing from...

31 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Housebuilding continues to fall well short of demand

There was a rise in the volume of housebuilding schemes started in England in the run-up to the EU referendum but...

26 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords to challenge Redbridge Council’s planned licensing schemes

Landlords in Redbridge are being invited to put any questions they have over new controversial licensing schemes to council officers at...

22 August 2016

From: Breaking News

‘Burdensome approaches’ to regulate landlords would be ineffective

The government will not force landlords of leasehold properties to belong to a redress scheme, despite growing pressure from conveyancers pushing...

03 August 2016

From: Breaking News

New housing minister announced

Gavin Barwell has been appointed the new Minister for Housing, Planning and London, taking over from Brandon Lewis, who has moved...

18 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord in NW London faces prosecution

A landlord in Wembley, north west London, faces prosecution after 11 people were found living in a three-bedroom house that he...

03 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Government U-turn over duty surcharge on granny annexes

There has been a broad welcome for what would appear to be a government U-turn over the imposition of the stamp...

14 April 2016

From: Breaking News

40% of ex-council homes now up for rent

A government committee has raised concerns about the number of homes sold through Right To Buy that end up in the...

11 February 2016

From: Breaking News

RLA “exposes the expensive folly of licensing”

Local authorities that charge landlords for licences solely to collect information on the number of landlords in an area have been...

18 November 2015

From: Breaking News

DCLG rogue landlords consultation outcome published

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has published the full outcome of its consultation: Tackling rogue landlords and improving...

16 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Housing bill: rogue landlords to be banned

Rogue landlords will be banned from letting property under new measures to be brought in under the Housing and Planning Bill. The...

15 October 2015

From: Breaking News

NLA says new S21 rules “akin to a Laurel and Hardy sketch”

Landlords have hit out at a raft of new rules being introduced in just three weeks’ time. The Department of Communities and...

14 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Update on mandatory licencing

New information has come to light about the Government’s plans to licence landlords. In a speech last week, Prime Minister David Cameron...

29 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Agent fee rules come into effect

It is now a statutory duty for letting agents to fully publicise the fees they charge to landlords and tenants. Under the...

28 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Take 2: Government now decides to keep former housing minister after all

If the first few hours of the new government’s approach to housing are anything to go by, it could be a...

12 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Greg Clark announced as new communities secretary

Tunbridge Wells MP Greg Clark has been appointed as secretary of state for Communities and Local Government in the cabinet reshuffle. Prior...

12 May 2015

From: Breaking News

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