25th May 2016
A tenant has told of being illegally evicted by a ‘landlord’ who was illegally sub-letting his council flat, writes Bill Tanner.
Speaking after a court case that saw the ‘landlord’ fined nearly £2,000, tenant Ata Allah Alalawi said Rami Nazzal snapped on hearing he wanted to leave.
Nazzal, 35, pleaded guilty at Sheffield Magistrate’s Court to sub-letting his one-bedroom council flat and illegally evicting Alalawi.
The court heard how he rented the property ...
19th May 2016
Three ‘rogue’ landlords have to pay over £4,000 in fines and costs for not signing up to a selective licensing scheme - having ignored council letters urging them to comply, writes Bill Tanner.
Oldham Council successfully prosecuted the three to show its scheme - introduced last year to improve the management of properties and flush out rogue landlords and irresponsible tenants - has teeth.
The council made it a criminal offence to operate a privately rented property without a licenc...
19th May 2016
The Housing and Planning Act has now been given Royal Assent and the regulations will now start to be decided. 24housing has compiled a brief round-up of reactions.
Cllr Peter Box, planning spokesman at the Local Government Association:
The planning system is not a barrier to housebuilding. Councils approve almost nine out of 10 planning applications and the number of homes being granted planning permission by local authorities during 2015 was 253,000, the highest level since 2007. We support the...
18th May 2016
Chris Smith, 24housing editor's comment on the Queen's Speech:
Critics of the social care system will be vindicated by the Queen’s Speech.
The commitment to help young people on the margins of society will be welcomed by seasoned campaigners who have fought for the ‘Cinderella Services’.
The pledge to "increase the life chances for the most disadvantaged" was the main message but it must be backed with sustainable funding and a commitment to support local agencies to deliver. Wh...
18th May 2016
Following the Housing and Planning Bill receiving Royal Assent, 24housing rounds up the latest reactions.
Cllr Philip Glanville, cabinet member for housing at Hackney Council:
This Act will be hugely damaging to the social fabric of inner London boroughs like Hackney. It does nothing meaningful to address the capital’s housing crisis, improve the stability or affordability of private renting, or deliver on the homeownership aspirations of residents, the vast majority of who are current...
17th May 2016
Senior MPs have called on the prime minister to clarify his plans to tackle money laundering in the property market, writes Chris Smith.
Labour MPs Frank Field and Margaret Hodge called for clarity after prime minister David Cameron announced plans to introduce a register to identify foreign owners of UK properties.
The prime minister’s initiative, likely to be included in the Queen’s Speech, is aimed at tackling the use of property as a way of laundering money gained through crimes s...
13th May 2016
HQN has announced a major commercial partnership with Mobysoft which will see the leading housing software company become a sponsor of the Rent and Income Excellence Network for the next 12 months.
As part of the new partnership, which officially launched on 1 May, HQN and Mobysoft are joining forces for a special event entitled 'Executive decisions: The strategic importance of data' (click here) in central London on 7 June, which is free to Housing Quality Network members.
HQN chief exec...
12th May 2016
MPs have urged the chancellor to toughen property transparency laws to curb money laundering, writes Chris Smith.
Labour MPs Frank Field and Margaret Hodge warned more had to be done to tackle a “big industry” that was enabling criminals to hide their ill-gotten gains and drive up the already over-heating housing market.
The call came as the prime minister set out plans to create a new corporate money laundering offence as he opened an international anti-corruption conference in Lo...
10th May 2016
Origin Housing has become the latest Housing Association to join HALA, ‘The Housing Associations Legal Alliance’.
Now in its 6th year this nationwide Alliance, managed by specialist legal consultancy Kennedy Cater, ensures that members have access to high quality legal advice from its panel firms. Key to its growing success is its demonstrable value for money rates, which typically deliver annual savings of up to 25%.
Kevin Muhammad, Procurement Manager at Origin comments,
6th May 2016
By Alistair McIntosh, chief executive, HQN
As Leicester is about to go into Europe will the rest of us be leaving? I wish I’d never heard of Brexit. You can’t get a blinking thing done for folk using it as an excuse. Can I get my puncture fixed? Don’t be hasty! We need to hold off – the vote could affect the global market in rubber patches. And on it goes.
Day in and day out the press is full of this. In the main it's tedious stuff about whether house prices will go up or down. ...