Birmingham will require planning permission for small HMOs

A citywide direction on houses in multiple occupation is being introduced by Birmingham City Council from June 2020, giving the council greater control over the conversion of residential properties in the city. The Article 4 direction will mean that planning... View Article

Tenant found guilty of attempted Right to Buy fraud

A council tenant has received a 20 month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, for fraudulently attempting to purchase a three bedroom house with a £80,900 discount. Debbie Mclean, 54, from Hove, was prosecuted by Lewes District Council after claiming... View Article

Landlords demand a speeding up of court processes

Courts across the country are struggling to cope with the volume of property repossession cases they are hearing, with private landlords warning this could reduce the supply of homes available for rent in the future. The delays are worse in... View Article

Social sector has lessons to learn over furnished tenancies

The End Furniture Poverty organisation claims the social housing sector has lessons to learn from the private rented sector over the use of furnished tenancies. While furnished tenancies are commonplace in the private sector, they are rarely found in social... View Article

HA maintenance costs soar, driving operating surpluses down

Increased expenditure on repairs and maintenance by housing associations, driven by a sharper focus on health and safety after the Grenfell Tower fire has been revealed in the sector’s global accounts for 2018/19. The global accounts published by England’s Regulator... View Article

New electrical safety rules for rental properties

New rules for carrying out electrical safety checks every five years in private sector tenancies are being introduced from July this year, with fines of upto £30,000 for non-compliance. Checks will initially be required for all new tenancies let from... View Article