A landlord has been prosecuted by London Fire Brigade for allowing tenants to continue living in his property despite fire safety inspectors slapping a notice on it to prevent its use due to serious fire safety concerns.
With politicians, consumer groups and industry bodies across the lettings sector speaking out against agents who levy fees on tenants as well as landlords, an interesting development in the Netherlands may provide a taste of what is to come here too.
ARLA has joined other organisations in the private rental sector in welcoming the new mandatory registration of letting agents with one of three redress schemes - but it feels there should be even more protection for landlords and tenants.
Tomorrow is a key date in determining the future of compulsory landlord licensing by local authorities as Constantinos Regas - a landlord with just one property - takes a council to court in what is likely to be a pivotal test case.
On the day that membership of a redress scheme becomes mandatory for letting agents, one of the three stipulated redress organisations has reported a sharp increase in the number of consumer complaints about the private rental sector.
Just over a quarter of landlords have had their property damaged by tenants in the last 12 months according to the latest research from the National Landlords’ Association.
One of Britain’s biggest letting agencies is advising others in the industry - agents and landlords alike - to check they are up to date with new legal responsibilities regarding legionnaires’ disease.
The new regime which begins tomorrow obliging all letting agencies to be members of one of three industry redress schemes appears to have widespread support - but will it be effectively regulated?
Generation Rent, the pressure group funded indirectly by the Nationwide, is threatening to lobby candidates standing for parliament at next year’s election “to ensure they understand the importance of improving the private rented sector.”
ARLA is hosting two free seminars in the pilot areas for the Landlord Checking Scheme, the government’s controversial scheme which according to some in the industry will turn agents and landlords into Border Control officers.