Friday, 30 November 2018 09:30

Brighton Backs Off From Selective Licensing

Brighton Backs Off From Selective Licensing
After a challenge from the Southern Landlords Association, Brighton and Hove have shelved their plans to introduce Selective Licensing in February after support for the scheme was withdrawn by the Secretary of State. The challenge related to the lack of evidence to support the proposal…
Friday, 30 November 2018 07:18

No Shelter For B&Q From Angry Landlords

No Shelter For B&Q From Angry Landlords
In the past couple of weeks, since the PDPLA decided to withdraw from B&Q’s Tradepoint scheme as the new terms were unfavourable for most landlords, B&Q has been hit by threats of a boycott from various landlord groups because of B&Q’s donations to activist group…
Monday, 26 November 2018 10:44

Ensuring We Are Heard (December)

Ensuring We Are Heard (December)
As landlords we struggle to get a fair hearing, it is easy for the press, media, councillors and politicians to 'win points' by going after 'nasty landlords'  when the reality is that a higher percentage of private sector tenants are happy with their homes than…
Sunday, 18 November 2018 09:37

An American Tale

An American Tale
We have acquaintances who have a property they rent in the US. It had been successfully let to a young woman who lived with her partner until earlier this year. Then the couple split, the partner moved out and then came back and burnt the…
Is Council Tax The Final Straw That Will Kill The University?
Portsmouth, like many councils, has outsourced collection of council tax to a private company with a view to maximising their income and thus reduce the impact of cutbacks on the services they provide. This is commendable, but when it comes to student accommodation, we fear…
Does "The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill"  Make A Difference
There is a Private Members Bill making its way through the Houses of Parliament which has almost universal support - however, some people are expecting it to solve problems that it cannot and we also see statements which do nothing to reduce the bad press…
Interesting Legal Development For Student Landlords
We have been following the legal battle over HMO licensing between Nottingham City Council and one of their student landlords with some interest. In the latest instalment, the Supreme Court removed conditions applied by the Upper Tribunal in an earlier appeal which confirms our view…
New Bins, New Rules For Portsmouth Tenants - Do You Have The Right Bins?
If you have properties in Portsmouth you need to be aware of changes in waste collection as falling foul of them could cost you £5,000  (see our earlier article outlining the fines which can be applied). Residents will be issued small bins which can only…
Sunday, 23 September 2018 09:36

The Future For Renting?

The Future For Renting?
PDPLA committee members, Tony Athill and Joannie Goldenberg, attended the RLA Future Renting conference at Imperial Collage, London in September. The all-day event, hosted by 30-year veteran of radio and presenter of the popular Property Hour on LBC radio, Clive Bull, was attended by more…
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 17:13

The problem with Help To Buy

The problem with Help To Buy
Housebuilder Redrow just announced a record year according to Merryn Somerset Webb in MoneyWeek.  The number of houses sold is up 9%. Revenues are up 16%. Pre-tax profits are up 21%. And the dividend payment to the firms shareholders is up 65%. The chairman and…

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