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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 12


10:55 AM, 10th November 2021, About 4 weeks ago

What do changing EPC and heat pump requirements mean for the PRS?

Melissa, thank you for seeking our views. I have a number of Victorian terraced houses and have taken all the usual steps to improve energy efficiency; loft insulation, double glazing, energy efficient gas boilers, solar panels etc. I have considered solid wall insulation but the benefit compared to the cost was disproportionate and I have read that in some cases it may not be appropriate. I would like to further improve energy efficiency and am keen to reduce my carbon footprint if feasible. The concern I have, though, is that if I replace energy efficient gas boilers with heat pumps where possible, will the heat output be sufficient to maintain warm homes. I would not wish to solve one issue only to leave my tenants facing the HHSRS hazard of 'Excess Cold'? The other issue to consider is the lack of financial incentive to carry out capital improvements. As capital improvements are not allowable expenses with regard to revenue relief this means that some landlords will not be in financial position to carry out these works.... Read More


16:14 PM, 10th September 2021, About 3 months ago

Help - Tenant won’t move out of unsafe building?

Linda, have you contacted your insurers for assistance? They may be able to offer alternative temporary accommodation while works are carried out that might be more agreeable to your tenant. Although the Council may advise that it is an offence to allow occupation of the property you are required to follow the correct procedures to obtain possession and providing you aren’t sitting on your hands they would be hard pushed to pursue you.... Read More


11:52 AM, 2nd July 2021, About 5 months ago

Empty Dwelling Management Order from Council head of revenues?

I think it is fairly standard practice. Head of Revenue will include Council Tax who will be the first to know when properties are vacated. I think most local authorities routinely send letters of this nature when a property has been empty for 6 months and if unoccupied for longer than 12 months may offer grants to help get the property in use again.... Read More


8:21 AM, 13th January 2021, About 11 months ago

HMO Application Misuse of Data?

I am unclear how there has been a breach of the regulations. Whether the HMO was licensed or not the la have powers to inspect and at that time although an application had been made it appears that it hadn’t been processed so no criminal act. At worst it appears to me that they have been inefficient. If it was me I’d contact the la’s housing enforcement manager directly to express your concerns and for an explanation of the applicable fee/ license term.... Read More


17:30 PM, 27th October 2020, About A year ago

University putting landlords in danger of prosecution for unlicensed HMOs

Reply to the comment left by Phil Turtle, Landlord Licensing & Defence at 19/10/2020 - 19:06
If I’m licensing my property and meeting the required standards why shouldn’t I let the LA know if a “colleague” is operating under the radar? Seems perfectly reasonable to me.... Read More