Updated 'Right To Rent' Information from the Home Office
The Home Office have updated their guidance to landlords on how to perform checks for nationals of of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the USA who have entered the UK through eGates and do not have an endorsement in their passport to…
Monday, 14 October 2019 09:25

Section 21 Reform - PDPLA Case Studies

Section 21 Reform - PDPLA Case Studies
Whilst the Tory pledge to get rid of Section 21 does not appear likely to be implemented anytime soon, we still worry as both Labour and the LibDems have similar policies. To that end, we have been actively collecting data and participating in consultation activities…
Stanhope House - still unfinished but a 'nice little earner'
Committee member, Jonie Goldenberg had the following thoughtful piece published in the Portsmouth News this month:  "The Corporate Landlords do a hard sell - and I am not surprised at £200 per week per room for student accommodation equating to £10,200 per unit for the…
Monday, 30 September 2019 15:26

Guidance on Testing of Fire Alarms

Guidance on Testing of Fire Alarms
A number of members have complained to us as PCC have asked them to confirm that they test fire alarms weekly. Please note – as a Landlord you DO NOT need to test fire alarms weekly. In fact, it would be an intrusion on the…
Monday, 30 September 2019 15:01

Making Tax Digital (MTD) Still Some Way Off

Making Tax Digital (MTD) Still Some Way Off
Whilst HMRC are making positive noises about the progress of MTD, those businesses which pay VAT had to start submitting quarterly returns this year.  Of the one million businesses affected, nearly one quarter missed the August 7th deadline to submit their 1st return.
Monday, 30 September 2019 09:42

How Do You Spot A Rogue Landlord?

How Do You Spot A Rogue Landlord?
With so much demonization of landlords in the press and new regulations and standards being imposed almost daily – you would think rogue landlords had been publicised and regulated out of existence, but we would argue that politicians and journalists are focussing all of their…
Monday, 16 September 2019 11:32

Do We Need Tenant & Landlord Blacklists?

Do We Need Tenant & Landlord Blacklists?
We were interested to see BBC coverage of a new website which allows tenants to rate and review their landlord. The site https://www.marksoutoftenancy.com/ has all the disadvantages of other ratings sites and probably does little to allow customers/providers to make better informed choices. What is also…
Wednesday, 04 September 2019 21:00

PCC Reduces Occupancy Levels

PCC Reduces Occupancy Levels
We have a number of members who are very concerned that conditions are being placed on HMO licences and occupancy numbers are being reduced. There are many 5 bed properties applying for the Mandatory HMO Licence that they need which are being given a 1-year…
Wednesday, 04 September 2019 19:00

News From The Big City

News From The Big City
Tony stood in for Alwin as our representative on the Fair Possessions Coalition last Friday. Did he not know there was going to be a train strike? Fortunately, the  prospect of a strike had put off regular travellers and the journey was a joy. Anyway, with…
Wednesday, 04 September 2019 18:29

RLA & NLA To Merge

RLA & NLA To Merge
Last week the RLA and the NLA announced that the 2 organisations are to unite to create a single organisation.  As a local organisation looking to both organisations in the past for national representation – the new organisation, to be called the National Residential Landlords…
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