PCC told their licence condition “would be a waste of time, effort and money”
In the first of the current string of appeals against PCC licensing decisions to come before a Tribunal, PDPLA member Lucy Fryer has won her appeal against PCC’s judgement on what constitutes a small room. The legal requirement for a bedroom in an HMO is…
PDPLA Support Parliament 'Healthy Homes & Buildings' Group
The PDPLA has input to discussions by the APPG (All Party Parliamentary Group) who have been looking at the impact that poor housing has on health.  We have long argued that HHSRS is not fit for purpose - allowing council officers across the country to…
Thursday, 25 April 2019 10:48

Is Being A Landlord All About Tax?

Is Being A Landlord All About Tax?
The answer is obviously, no - tax is periphery and everyone pays it, so while you should take care to only pay what is due and not overpay, happy tenants, safe houses and stable finances are more important. If only it were that easy though.…
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 10:09

Section 21 To End, What Comes Next?

Section 21 To End, What Comes Next?
The government have been swayed by pressure from Shelter and others and have decided to stop landlords regaining possession of their property using Section 21 notices. What will replace it is unclear and there will be consultations before anything is finalised, but you can rest…
Tuesday, 09 April 2019 16:34

Don't Use Your Pension To Buy A House

Don't Use Your Pension To Buy A House
We know many of our members do not trust banks or financial institutions and attempt to fund their pensions by buying and letting property.  This may make sense, but with increasing regulation and also, the high cost of maintaining property to a good standard and…
Sunday, 31 March 2019 10:13

HMO 'Private Data' Public Again!

HMO 'Private Data' Public Again!
After our successful campaign over 3 or 4 years, in 2016 Portsmouth City Council finally agreed to stop sharing the names and addresses of HMO landlords. We had hoped that the introduction of GDPR last year would cement our right to privacy and control of…
Client Money Protection / Property Redress Becomes Law
As of 1st April, 2019 anyone managing a property for someone else needs to belong to a recognised property redress scheme.  
One PDPLA Members Experience Of Let To Let
'Let to let' can be appealing - you avoid all the hassle of letting and managing your property and you don't give away 12-15% of your income to a letting agent, but our advice to members has always been to be very careful, check that…
Local Labour Groups Propose Licensing and Registration
In a pre-election newsletter to Portsmouth residents, local labour campaigners talk of introducing landlord registration for all, more HMO licencing, training for landlords, codes of conduct and liaison officers to manage us - among other proposals. Read on to see how we responded....
Are you a Freeholder, a leaseholder or a commonholder?
People have had the option to buy homes in England and Wales via a commonhold structure since 2004, but since then only 20 developments have been created. By contrast, there are 4.2 million properties owned as leaseholds in England alone. Why is that when the…

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