As councils across the country ramp up their campaign against student landlords and houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), the Residential Landlords Association and leading property solicitors claim tougher planning rules may not prove to be the answer to controlling shared homes.
The issue is a technical problem that may not be settled until a council rejects a planning application for a small HMO and the landlord takes the matter to appeal in front of a planning inspector. Continue reading HMO landlords wait for article 4 test case
Prime Minister David Cameron’s claim that buy to let landlords are dropping rents in response to the Government’s welfare reforms is untrue, according to information from councils.
Cameron told the House of Commons that the new welfare policy was forcing landlords to cut rents, but social housing magazine Inside Housing tested the claim by sending freedom of information requests to every council in England. Continue reading Cameron’s housing benefit gaffe exposed by councils
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Following Shelter’s five point plan to step up its fight against rogue landlords, The RLA have released a damning response labeling it a “charter of clichés which can spell danger for tenants too.”
Local authorities should be doing more to track down the rogue landlords that are giving all landlords a bad name. Continue reading RLA Counter Shelter’s Five Point Plan
Time is running out for buy to let investors in Wales who wish to make their feelings known about proposals to set up a compulsory landlords register.
The date for responses to the Welsh Assembly Government ‘Meeting the Housing Challenge’ closes on February 14.
The government is planning a nationwide register and accreditation of landlords in a bid to raise housing standards in the private residential sector. Continue reading Chance to Have your Say About Regulating Landlords