Man on a Mission?

Man on a Mission?

14:03 PM, 26th October 2022, About A year ago 6

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I was somewhat surprised by Rishi Sunak’s re-appointment of Michael Gove as Housing Secretary late yesterday. After all, it’s just three months ago that he was fired by Boris Johnson and he announced plans to quit politics. But I’m pleased he’s back, because he seemed to be a man on a mission last time around.

Michael Gove returns to cabinet as the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Secretary, the same post he was in before. The move comes after the new prime minister; Rishi Sunak stressed his commitment to the troubled levelling up agenda.

Gove replaces Simon Clarke, who resigned yesterday after just seven weeks in the job.

And he replaced Greg Clark, who was there for an even shorter time.

Timothy Douglas, head of policy and campaigns at Propertymark welcomed Gove’s return. He said: “The Levelling Up agenda and reforms to the private rented sector in England would appear to be back and will take centre stage in the new government as Michael Gove returns to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

“Mr Gove previously focussed on regional disparities and fixing the cladding scandal, but he now needs to go further and tackle the supply crisis in the private rented sector, implement the next steps for leasehold reform, set out the UK government’s plans for home buying and selling as well engage with the sector to get more people onto the housing ladder and stimulate right sizing to release large, family homes.”

The British Property Federation has also reacted to Gove’s appointment as Secretary of State at DLUHC. Melanie Leech, chief executive, said: “Michael Gove will be able to hit the ground running and we look forward to working with him again. The property industry is a critical partner on levelling-up and by unlocking investment we can deliver the changes we need to see in our communities up and down the country.

“This summer we lost vital time on delivering on the Government’s agenda and urgently need a consistent and steady hand on the key issues of the day – housing supply, regeneration and net zero – which are all critical to the UK’s growth ambitions and international competitiveness.”

From my point of view, I think the re-appointment of Michael Gove is a good thing. He knows what needs to be done and if he restarts his ‘man on a mission’ activities, long-awaited leasehold reforms and the regulation of property agents could been seen sooner rather than later.


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14:30 PM, 26th October 2022, About A year ago

#ropa : Regulation of Property Agents petition >

Luke P

12:08 PM, 27th October 2022, About A year ago

Yeah, I can't wait for the Rental Reform legislation...

As an agent, expect fees to skyrocket under ROPA.

Also expect no choice but use agents when Redress Scheme membership is extended to individuals and you're ultimately struck off for some minor infraction.

Seething Landlord

12:36 PM, 27th October 2022, About A year ago

Bearing in mind that it has been said by those who have had contact with him that Michael Gove harbours a visceral hatred of landlords, I do not welcome his return but see it as increasing the threat to the PRS. I hope that I am proved wrong, but as always the proof of the pudding will be in the eating.

Old Mrs Landlord

16:37 PM, 28th October 2022, About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by Seething Landlord at 27/10/2022 - 12:36
Agree, but at least he is intent on making the developers pay to fix the cladding scandal, rather innocent leaseholders being expected to foot the bill. (Only positive thing I can find to say about this appointment.)

Shining Wit

7:56 AM, 29th October 2022, About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by Old Mrs Landlord at 28/10/2022 - 16:37
Innocent 'qualifying' leaseholders are protected from the astronomical cladding remediation costs.

'Non-qualifying' - but still just as innocent - leaseholders are not protected.
They are still liable for the costs of remediation (none of the caps apply to them).


15:20 PM, 4th November 2022, About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by Shining Wit at 29/10/2022 - 07:56
True ... and I understand representations are being made to the civil servants in question, in the hope that those holes can be plugged.

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