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Responsible landlords to get protection from Immigration Bill

26th April 2016

Members of parliament have approved measures that will give greater protection to responsible landlords wanting to evict illegal immigrants. Changes to the Immigration Bill, proposed by the government and approved on 25th April, will provide protection for landlords who take reasonable steps in an appropriate time frame to terminate tenancies of tenants in the country illegally. Previously under the Bill, landlords would face immediate criminal sanctions upon discovery that they failed to ensure ...

Opinion: Dealing with rogue landlords

25th April 2016

Following the recent release of ONS statistics showing that so-called 'millennials', or those still renting in their thirties suffer the most from criminal landlords, Alan Ward, chairman of the Residential Landlords Association, calls for councils to use their powers wisely. The need to tackle criminal landlords has once again come to the fore following research by the Open Property Group claiming that 51% of tenants aged 25-34 have taken legal action against their landlord. Whilst we cannot qua...

Generation Rent most at risk from criminal landlords

21st April 2016

Nearly 3,000 landlords have faced prosecution under the Housing Act over the past five years– with resulting fines running into the millions, writes Bill Tanner. Figures published from the Office of National Statistics show that so-called 'millennials', or those still renting in their thirties suffer the most from criminal landlords. And, according to the latest English Housing Survey, the number of millennials is at a record high, with the private rented sector having doubled in size since 20...

Carrots and Sticks: Incentives and penalties for today’s community heating industry

14th April 2016

The CIBSE Code of Practice was designed to improve standards in community heating provision, but to do so it must be implemented as widely and consistently as possible. At the moment it is only compulsory for CIBSE members, and even then there are questions over how the standards outlined in the Code should be enforced. Without some form of monitoring and compliance oversight, adherence could be patchy, undermining the purpose of the Code. There are already a number of benefits in membership of th...

HMO landlord fined

13th April 2016

An unlicensed East Barnet landlord has been fined over £3,000. Manzoor Hussain, of Ferney Road, pleaded guilty at Willesden Magistrates’ Court on 22 March to failing without reasonable excuse to have a licence for his House in Multiple Occupation (HMO). Hussain was fined £3,500, ordered to pay £2,446 in costs and pay a £120 victim surcharge. Since 2006, landlords of HMOs of three or more storeys with five or more tenants sharing amenities such as kitchens and bathroo...

Opinion: Forget the Panama Papers, housing is Cameron's real conflict of interest

11th April 2016

By Alistair McIntosh, chief executive, HQN Cameron is on the make. The Panama thirty grand is a distraction to throw us off the scent. And who cares what Sam spends on clothes? This is what should be on the front pages... He owns a home in a swanky bit of London. Average house prices there are around £4million. So let’s just say that is his stake. Can you imagine if he had that much money in an oil company or pharmaceuticals? You’d smell a rat every time he spoke about energy or the...

Landlord fined for regulation breach

7th April 2016

A landlord has been ordered to pay nearly £5,000 in fines and costs for failing to keep his tenanted property in a “fit and proper” state. Khizar Choudry, 72, was sentenced at Cardiff Magistrates Court this week. Choudry, of Penylan Road, Cardiff, admitted 11 offences of breaching the Licensing and Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Additional Provisions)(Wales) Regulations 2007, one offence under Section 236 of the Housing Act 2004 and a further offence under the L...

Keep tenancy agreements compliant

6th April 2016

One in 10 private landlords has no formal tenancy agreement in place with their tenants. Research by landlord insurance provider Direct Line for Business exposes that where contracts are in place, landlords may unwittingly be asking tenants to sign documents that are not legally compliant. Of the landlords who don’t use a letting agent, 58% used adapted tenancy agreements from either old agent contracts or other landlords (38%) or an updated template they found online (20%).  It appears landlords emplo...

CKH secures eviction of tenant convicted of crime

4th April 2016

Cross Keys Homes has once again demonstrated that it will not tolerate illegal or anti-social behaviour in its homes. The housing association has ensured it made full use of powers under the new ASB, Crime and Policing Act 2014 to issue possession proceedings as a result of some serious convictions. In this case, when Michelle Blades (33) of Redmile Walk in Welland was convicted of possession of controlled drugs with intent to supply and later sentenced, CKH swung into action to ensure it regain...

Landlords face £5k fines for not fitting smoke alarms

24th March 2016

Hackney has become one of the first London boroughs to impose a maximum penalty fine in a bid to protect tenants. Landlords in Hackney could now be fined £5,000 if they don’t install the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms necessary to help keep their tenants safe. The measure was recently agreed by the council’s cabinet, following new national regulations which came into force last October. It is up to individual councils what associated enforcement and penalty charging regime...