25th April 2016
The Housing and Planning Bill, which includes measures to tackle criminal landlords and letting agents, should also address the issue of problem tenants.
Included in the Bill are proposals to ban and fine criminal landlords and letting agents, introduce rent repayment orders and establish a database of 'blacklisted' landlords and agents.
It has been proposed that the 'blacklist' will be maintained by local housing authorities, who will also have to apply for offenders to be included in the database.
19th April 2016
Failure to comply with an enforcement notice has led to a building demolition by Ealing Council.
Situated to the rear of a proposed care home facility, the large unauthorised building at 46-52 Beresford Road was taken down by the council’s contractors after the owner failed to comply with an enforcement notice which required them to remove it.
Planning permission granted in March 2012 was for a large-scale care home on the site, with a detached, single-storey building at the rear contain...
7th March 2016
A plan to give London boroughs the power to create their own landlord licensing schemes represents a “waste of time and money”, according to the RLA.
As reported by 24housing, the new “Mayor dare” proposals made by the London Housing Commission today (Mon) recommends ministers should give each London borough the power to create their own licensing schemes, in an attempt to root out criminal landlords.
The RLA was quick to respond, claiming criminal landlords who cause misery...
26th January 2016
Welsh landlords face the prospect of being clobbered again as they will now have to pay for planning permission to convert properties without assurances that permission will be granted.
New rules coming into effect from the end of February will mean landlords will require planning permission to convert a house from use as a single household to a shared rental property of 3 to 6 unrelated people.
To gain planning permission, landlords will be required to pay a fee of £380 despite there be...