Housing and Planning Bill – effects on BTL?

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10:03 AM, 1st March 2016
About 5 years ago

Housing and Planning Bill – effects on BTL?

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Housing and Planning Bill – effects on BTL?

Our local Landlords’ Association secretary has just forwarded an email from a Forum who, whilst obviously touting for business by having people download their ’10 minute briefing’ for no less than £49.99 + VAT(!!), have pointed out that the Housing and Planning Bill 2015-16 passed its third reading in January, which makes provision for ‘housing, rent charges, planning & compulsory purchase.’bill

I see that we’ve had previous threads about Housing Minister Brandon Lewis shelving the requirement for client money protection insurance and transcripts of Siobhain McDonagh’s anti-landlord speech at earlier parliamentary discussions on this topic, but without either paying the requested fee or reading all 205 pages of the report, I wondered if anyone knows what has actually made it into this bill that will impact on landlords, if anything?


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Neil Patterson

10:12 AM, 1st March 2016
About 5 years ago

Hi Luke,

Please also see articles >> http://www.property118.com/housing-minister-cans-requirement-for-client-money-protection-insurance/83420/

and >> http://www.property118.com/landlord-action-calls-for-a-rogue-tenant-list/83365/

The Bill creates a statutory duty for English Local Planning Authorities to promote the delivery of starter homes available to first time buyers who are aged under 40 years sold at a discount of at least 20% to market value and are capped at prices of £450,000 inside and £250,000 outside London.

On Brownfield land for development the Bill confirms the need for LPAs to keep a register suitable land for development and the ability to give it permission in principle.

Dave Binstead

12:37 PM, 1st March 2016
About 5 years ago

Bill is currently going through the house of lords see below


Joel Davis

14:51 PM, 1st March 2016
About 5 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Dave Binstead" at "01/03/2016 - 12:37":

"Tackling 'rogue' landlords

Parts 2 and 3 will give local authorities additional powers to tackle rogue landlords in the private rented sector. They will gain the ability to apply for banning orders against private landlords. A database of rogue landlords and agents will assist authorities in England in carrying out their enforcement work. Landlords will benefit from a clear process to secure repossession of properties abandoned by tenants."

In addition, the bill will make deposit schemes release databases to local authorities. If the council think the property is let but there are no entries on the deposit scheme (e.g. if no deposit has been taken) the address will be flagged for investigation as an assumed 'rogue landlord'.

Luke P

15:36 PM, 1st March 2016
About 5 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Joel Davis" at "01/03/2016 - 14:51":

Excellent! We don't take deposits (and haven't since 2007) -no doubt we'll be flagged up as rogues...

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