A trade union wants the Information Commissioners Office to instruct councils to reveal the names of the 20 individual landlords who between them have been paid over £14m in housing benefits in the 2012-13 financial year.
A Hull lettings agency is thought to be one of the first in the county to enter into a deal with a legal services provider to offer landlord clients with what is effectively an in-house law service.
A third of private rented homes in England are failing decency standards according to a new report from the Chartered Institute of Housing.
Norwich city council says 20 per cent of its 14,400 privately rented homes are suffering from ‘category 1 hazards’ according to a survey - and the answer to the problem, it claims, is to introduce a landlord licensing system.
Housing minister Kris Hopkins says the government is reviewing industry suggestions on how to improve property conditions in the PRS and tackle bad landlords and agents “without any negative impact on the majority who provide a good service to their tenants.”
A safety lobby group is urging the government to introduce mandatory five-yearly safety checks of electrical installations and appliances in all privately rented homes.
The annual report from The Property Ombudsman, Christopher Hamer, reveals a huge rise in general public enquiries and specific ‘followed up’ cases against lettings and sales agents.
Landlords are remortgaging to take advantage of the widest range of products in recent years and to prepare for expected interest rate hikes.