New Regulations for Houses in Multiple Occupation

June 14, 2018

According to Housing Minister Heather Wheeler MP, significant growth in the private rented sector means that some smaller properties are being converted for use as houses in multiple occupation (HMOs). Consequently new Government rules are expected to come into force in October 2018. The Government has decided to extend the mandatory...

Tackling the Offenders

May 03, 2018

We take a look at banning orders and the database of rogues landlords and letting agents. The housing and planning act 2016 introduced a range of measures that will enable local authorities to effectively takle rogue landlords and lettings agents in England. The government has already introduced civil penalties of up...

Rental Repossessions Jump

March 27, 2018

The number of rental properties claimed back by Landlords after Tenants fail to pay their rent, is expected to rise this year, official figures suggest. However, an increase in the number of repossession claims and a sudden, significant spike in the numer of warrants for future repossessions by Landlords, suggests the...

Enveloped Dwellings tax returns must be digital from April

March 19, 2018

From 1 April 2018, all online Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings returns must be filed using the ATED digital service. Agents and their customers should register with HMRC now to use this service from 1 April 2018 (unless they have already done so). The old-style online forms will be withdrawn on...

TENANTS GIVEN RIGHT TO SUE LANDLORD

January 16, 2018

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government yesterday announced that it will support a Private Members Bill proposed by Karen Buck MP, which would enable tenants in England and Wales to take legal action against their landlord if their rental property is in poor condition. Secretary of State for Housing...