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.
There’s been a mixed reception for the government’s Rent To Buy scheme, launched by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles on the eve of the Conservative party conference.
A landlord has been told he can no longer hold a local council accredited landlord licence and has to appoint someone else to be formally responsible for his properties.
One of Countrywide’s high-end brands, John D Wood & Co., is expanding in south London with the acquisition of Duck & Hedges lettings agency in Clapham.
A recruitment company with no experience whatsoever in property has set up what it calls a nationwide UK lettings portal which it claims will soon roll out to India, the US, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
A woman suffering from incurable cancer claims a lettings agent moved his own family into her property while she was working abroad, and still owes her £7,000 two years later.
A landlord who works a criminal law solicitor in London has been fined £3,500 and ordered to pay costs of £3,807 for failing to comply with a Formal Improvement Notice which tried to get her to bring shoddy bedsits up to standard.