A landlord in Edinburgh is the first in the city to be banned from letting out properties after failing to declare previous convictions and to licence his HMO.
The landlord, Yousef Mohammed, had previously been hit with a £1000 fine for failing to licence an HMO. He has subsequently been deemed not to meet the “fit and proper” criteria and taken off the landlord register. Continue reading Landlord in Scotland banned from letting
Newham Council has completed stage one of a grandiose plan to licence 35,000 buy to let tenancies.
The Labour-led council wants to become the first to achieve the milestone and is looking to extend a pilot scheme in the neighbourhood improvement zone of Little Ilford that has seen 257 licences issued. Continue reading London council wants to licence 35,000 buy to lets
Tenants are calling for tighter action against criminal landlords who badly manage their homes or charge rip-off fees.
The protest group was formed after several members had bad experiences with buy to let landlords who allegedly trampled their housing rights.
Edinburgh Private Tenants Action Group (EPTAG) is campaigning for the city council to toughen up on enforcing housing law against bad landlords, who they say keep hold of deposits without good reason, fail to deal with repairs and illegally evict tenants. Continue reading Tenants call for tougher action against criminal landlords
Next year I will have been a landlord for 40 years and I am going to throw a boomerang at each of my good tenants via twitter (@landlordtweets) during the month of December. I am fed up of hearing tenants from hell stories, most of my tenants over the past 40 years have been great tenants and I am going to thank them all, past and present, for giving me financial freedom. Will you join me in throwing a boomerang at your good tenants?
If the boomerangs come back we might begin to hear stories about all the wonderful landlords that I meet everyday. Those who respect their tenants, those who know that it is because of their tenants that they have financial freedom, those who work hard to make tenants feel at home, those who perform little acts of kindness when tenants need support and friendship, those who take risks with tenants who would otherwise be homeless, those who tolerate tenants mistakes… Continue reading Landlords, Let’s Make December Celebration of Good Tenants Month
"SAFEAgent has received backing from Grant Shapps"
Housing Minister Grant Shapps has urged letting agents to join a new money protection scheme for landlords and tenants.
Timing his support with the public launch of SafeAgent, the move is seen as massive support for the fight against rogue letting agents and a snub for the established Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA).
SafeAgent is an industry administered scheme aimed at safeguarding rents and deposits by more than 1,200 letting agents across the UK.
The scheme is a response to regular bad business management and even fraud by rogue letting agents who fail to protect client cash. Continue reading Minister Backs SafeAgent Scheme for Landlords