£5 million scheme launched to tackle rogue landlords

The government has set up a ‘war chest’ of £5 million to help councils tackle rogue landlords and end the plight of ‘beds in sheds’. It has written to over 60 councils with the highest proportion of private rented properties... View Article

Is George Osborne trying to kill off buy-to-let landlords?

Even before the Autumn Statement bombshell over stamp duty, property experts Savills were predicting a significant fall in the number of private landlords. In a wide-ranging set of housing market forecasts Savills said despite landlords falling in number, the private... View Article

Daniel Watney: Attacking landlords won’t fix private rented sector

The government’s approach towards private landlords risks hurting tenants, a leading London property consultancy is warning, after the government announced an extra £5m towards tackling ‘rogue’ landlords. Julian Goddard, head of residential at Daniel Watney LLP, has warned the government’s... View Article
Mila Window and Door Maintenance

MSO’s or specialist contractors?

Tristan Cooke Managing Director of Mila Window and Door Maintenance considers the relative value of using Multi-Skilled Operatives against Specialist Contractors. “In the interests of fairness I should say from the outset – our business is a specialist contracting business, and it... View Article

Working together to provide energy efficiency

Fuel poverty has long been a key government focus, particularly with increasing energy costs over recent years resulting in more people falling into the band of fuel poor households. A fuel poor household is defined as one which needs to... View Article

Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to be mandatory

Landlords will be required by law to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties, under measures introduced by Housing Minister Brandon Lewis. The move is expected to prevent some of the 36 deaths and 1,375 injuries a... View Article

Are your properties ready for electric vehicles?

Are your properties prepared for Electric Vehicle (EV) drivers? With domestic sales of EVs and Plug-in Hybrids (PHEVs) experiencing a huge increase now is the time to install EV charging points on your homes. Rolec EV issued the alert after... View Article

Stafford Homes given facelift by Novus

The projects division of Novus Property Solutions have recently completed a large-scale and comprehensive internal and external refurbishment for Stafford and Rural Homes. Stafford and Rural Homes owns and manages more than 6,000 properties, making it the largest social landlord... View Article

Gas – a potential killer in our homes

Every year about 14 people die from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by gas appliances and flues in their homes which have not been properly installed or maintained. Many others suffer ill health, which can have serious consequences, for themselves AND their... View Article

Safeguarding against asbestos

Asbestos is present in many homes built before the year 2000, but how many of us know what we should do to safeguard ourselves, our tenants, our staff and contractors, from this potentially lethal material? Its use in building homes... View Article

Private sector tenants more likely to be victims of crime

Neighbourhoods with higher levels of privately rented homes suffer more burglaries and violence ‘behind closed doors’, according to an independent think-tank report. Research by the Police Foundation found that areas of Luton with a higher percentage of private rented homes had... View Article

Homes, 18 – 19 November

The Homes Event will take place at London’s Olympia on 18-19 November 2015. Homes is the UK’s only dedicated national trade event for asset management, repairs and maintenance, retrofit and sustainability. Following on from the election of the new government in... View Article

Brickbats and bouquets from Housing Minister

Brandon Lewis has promised a crackdown on rogue landlords and to drive them out of business as part of a campaign to improve standards of rented accommodation. But to the relief of many, the Housing Minister also said he would... View Article