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Private landlords irate after Citizens Advice says 740,000 homes 'severe threat' to health

21st May 2015

Private landlord groups have hit back at a major Citizens Advice study which showed that “740,000 households in England live in privately rented homes that present a severe threat to tenants' health” and called for the government to target "dodgy landlords". Reacting angrily to the report, the National Landlords Association issued a press release under the heading 'Lies, lies and damned statistics'. 'A Nation of Renters', which was based on research by the UK think tank New Policy ...

Generation Rent appoints Betsy Dillner as acting director

13th May 2015

Generation Rent has appointed Betsy Dillner as acting director when Alex Hilton leaves the prominent campaign group on Friday. Dillner (photo) joined Generation Rent in January 2014 as community campaigns manager and has been leading the development of local grass roots campaigns across the country. “In little over a year Generation Rent has built up incredible momentum and I look forward to building on the work Alex and the team has done,” Dillner said. “The housing crisis c...

Only 1 in 16 private landlords will vote for 'knee-jerk' Labour

29th April 2015

Labour won’t be marching into Downing Street on the back of private landlords’ support with Ed Miliband’s party accused of “jumping to knee-jerk policies to appeal to the masses”. The National Landlords Association (NLA) says support for Labour and the Liberal Democrats has halved since the 2010 general election because of their “interventionist policies” in the private rented sector (PRS). Landlord support for the Labour Party has fallen from 11% in 2010...

Blockbuster judgement day as HCA downgrades five housing associations

29th April 2015

Political parties will be relieved it can’t happen to them but five housing associations have had their financial viability rating downgraded by the Homes and Communities Agency from V1 to V2. For both viability and governance, the first two grades indicate compliance with the standard though any downgrade by the powerful regulator is always deeply unwelcome. In 10 regulatory judgements helpfully published on the same day, the HCA downgraded the following five with reasons given by the age...

You can have 40 a year, says European Parliament

28th April 2015

The European Parliament has backed new legislation 'to curb the consumption of lightweight plastic carrier bags in the European Union' with shoppers limited to 40 bags a year by 2025. Under the legislation, member states can either ensure that the annual consumption level does not exceed, on average, 90 lightweight plastic carrier bags per person by the end of 2019, and not more than 40 by 2025, or ensure that they are not given for free at stores and sales points by the end of 2017. The Group of the Pro...

New scheme launched for tenants to check their private landlord

16th April 2015

A 'National Register of Accredited Landlords' has been launched by the NLA. Richard Lambert, CEO of the National Landlords Association, announced the launch on Thursday at the Chartered Institute of Housing’s annual South West Conference. While voluntary, the NLA said the register enables tenants to check if their landlord is accredited. The NLA said the register “aims to raise the profile of accreditation and highlight those who are committed to best practice”. The NLA’s '2020 Vision' is t...

Private landlords demand council delays licensing scheme

26th March 2015

A private landlords group is demanding that Liverpool City Council postpones the launch of a city-wide licensing scheme. According to the National Landlords Association (NLA), the scheme's current application process - which is due to go live on 1 April - will put every landlord in Liverpool in breach of the law. The NLA also claims that the current online application process provided by the council does not meet legal requirements to allow landlords to comply with the new scheme, which would make...

Opinion: The Tories want to destroy the social housing sector. Don’t let them do it

24th March 2015

By Max Salsbury, 24dash reporter Are you planning on voting for the Conservative Party at the coming election?  It’s a free country; you can vote for whom you please, and I’m not going to stop you. How could I?  Or perhaps you’ll vote for Ukip. Again, that’s your choice. I think it’d be a very, very bad choice; in fact an awful choice. Actually, it’s a dangerous choice, but it’s your right – so do as you will. But anyway, these Tories. ...

Tory right to buy changes will 'devastate rural social housing'

24th March 2015

Tory Party plans to extend the controversial right to buy policy to 2.5 million housing association properties could devastate the social sector in rural communities, a social landlord has warned. According to Hastoe Group, the right to buy is one of the reasons that rural communities currently have so little social housing available - 12% compared to 19% in urban environments. The housing provider, which owns over 6,000 homes in southern England, says that new proposals are likely to disproportion...

Opinion: The NHF should be wary of sharing a platform with Policy Exchange

24th March 2015

By Colin Wiles, housing blogger and SHOUT campaigner Last November one of the Conservatives’ favourite think tanks, Policy Exchange, published a report titled ‘Freeing Housing Associations’.  It called for associations to be set free to buy and  sell properties as they please, to set rents as they please and to house whomsoever they please, with a very “light touch” level of regulation.  The report argued that historic grant should be sold to housin...

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