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KEYWORD "Department for Levelling Up" - 42 RESULTS
Government to double council tax on empty homes after one year

Sharpened rules to double council tax on long term empty properties will come into force from April 1, says the government.  A...

13 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Tory MP reported to bring Renters Reform Bill “to brink of collapse”

A national newspaper says the Renters Reform Bill is “on the brink of collapse” as Tory MPs are divided on their...

08 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour has waded into the increasingly-fractious debate over the Renters Reform Bill. Activists in groups such as the Renters Reform Coalition and...

29 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents demand ground rent reform progress while consultation goes on

Propertymark wants Housing Secretary Michael Gove to continue with ground rent reforms for leaseholders following the launch of a consultation into this...

14 November 2023

From: Breaking News

New Housing Minister is ... a former housing minister

The new Housing Minister is Lee Rowley - who was a former housing minister during the short lived premiership of Liz Truss. Rowley...

13 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill will slash homelessness, claims charity

A charity claims the Renters Reform Bill, which gets its Second Reading in the Commons next week, will help reduce homelessness. New...

19 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let has grown massively in recent years - new statistics

Government data shows that as of 2022 some 15.29 per cent of homes in England are privately rented, with 14.9 per...

13 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Gove tells agents to identify and remedy damp and mould issues

New directives issued by the government put the emphasis firmly on private landlords and their letting agents to take responsibility for...

11 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Charity slams government over gap between rents and benefits

Crisis, the homelessness charity, has slammed the government over the growing gap between housing benefit levels and even the lower end...

28 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents told to lobby MPs over Renters Reform Bill

It appears almost certain that the Second Reading of the Renters Reform Bill - expected some weeks ago - will not...

14 July 2023

From: Breaking News

This is how agents will have to use the new Landlords Database

Propertymark has given an insight into how letting agents are likely to be expected to use a new Landlords Database. The database...

23 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill - just a delay or a major rethink?

The government has back-tracked on its decision to publish the long-awaited Renters Reform Bill this week. The Mirror newspaper reports that “procedural issues”...

10 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents back compulsory national registration for short lets

Propertymark has thrown its weight behind the idea of a compulsory national register of landlords and hosts operating Airbnb and other...

26 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Short Lets Clampdown: Airbnb warns against over the top measures

Airbnb is warning the UK government not to be heavy handed in its planning controls restricting the short lets sector. At the...

17 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Anger over Airbnbs and holiday lets needing planning consent

The new trade body for short lets has reacted angrily to a government plan for AirBnb and other short let hosts...

13 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Reform process underway with new Ombudsman scheme

The government has taken the first step to introducing a mandatory ombudsman scheme which private landlords must join. This is effectively the...

29 March 2023

From: Breaking News

How To Rent update - new date set for publication

The government has indicated that the delayed publication of the latest How To Rent document is to be Friday March 24. The...

20 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Government rental mediation scheme flops - change needed

A much-hyped government proposal to introduce a Rental Mediation Service to resolve disputes, sustain tenancies and reduce pressure on the courts...

07 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents’ message to government - boost supply to end housing shortage

Agents’ body Propertymark wants more government action to boost housing supply - and it wants the views of the industry on...

01 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Take That, Gove! Agents and landlords deliver warning letter

A warning letter signed by 330 major players in the private rental sector has been delivered to Housing Secretary Michael Gove. The...

03 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Government consultation launches to improve safety post-Grenfell

The government claims buildings will be made safer under new proposals including compulsory second staircases for new tower blocks. It says this...

28 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants renting longer and paying more - new survey’s findings

Over the last decade, the proportion of people aged 24 to 64 living in their own home has fallen and the...

19 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Councils given public cash to tackle poor rental housing standards

Three councils will be sharing £1.21m in public cash over the next two years to tackle poor quality properties in the...

06 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Ethical lettings service links with PropTech maintenance platform

A not-for-profit company that matches rental properties with vulnerable tenants in need of accommodation has partnered with a maintenance firm to...

30 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Pets In Lets - no answer yet to issues of damage and costs

The latest update from industry discussions about allowing more pets in private rental properties suggests there’s not been a solution yet...

05 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Immediate Eviction ban must be introduced says government adviser

The cost of living crisis could have a ‘catastrophic’ impact on homelessness unless an immediate eviction ban is introduced. That’s the view...

22 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency warns government - don’t forget small scale landlords

A leading lettings agency has warned the government not to forget the importance of small-scale landlords in its plans for the...

07 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Tory duo warned not to delay rental reform - key supplier speaks out

A prominent trade body is warning Tory leadership candidates not to put rental reform on the back burner and add to...

03 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Question mark over rental reform as housing ministers quit

If housing really is seen by Prime Minister Boris Johnson as one of his key policy goals, there must be uncertainty...

07 July 2022

From: Breaking News

New build house sizes shrinking, claims new survey

A fresh analysis of house sizes for new build homes shows they are getting smaller. A study by Tiger Sheds looked at...

28 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent advocate want special treatment for growing niche

A property investment company says Build To Rent is key to helping Britain meet its current housing and climate change challenges...

20 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Agent regulation needed on top of rental sector reforms - Propertymark

Greater regulation of lettings agents, and all other property professionals, is required to ‘finish the job’ of reforming the industry which...

26 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Don’t delay Renters Reform Bill again - agents warn government

ARLA Propertymark is warning the government that it should not delay further on its long-awaited Renters Reform Bill, because of the...

17 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent controls ineffective as tool to reduce homelessness

Propertymark has dismissed suggestions from critics of the lettings industry that higher rents are leading to more homelessness.  The trade body says...

03 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents fight back in row over quality of private rental stock and repairs

ARLA Propertymark has hit back in this week’s debate on the quality of private rental property, following sharp criticism in a...

14 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Minister Madness! Industry supplier hits out at politicians

A prominent industry supplier has hit out at what he calls “the merry go round of housing ministers” following yet another...

22 March 2022

From: Breaking News

What future for rental reform under new housing minister?

Housing ministers come and go with brutal frequency in UK governments of all colours, so yesterday’s departure of Chris Pincher -...

09 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Government failing to protect private renters, says watchdog

A report by the National Audit Office claims that the way private renting is regulated makes the sector unfair to renters. It...

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent Alert: government survey on documents handed to tenants

A new government survey of private renters is checking whether they received the correct documentation from their agent when they begin...

10 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour joins call for faster scrapping of S21 evictions

Labour has joined with campaign groups Generation Rent and Shelter in calling for the speediest possible ending of Section 21 eviction...

03 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Government reveals rent arrears package for tenants in England

Letting agents in England with tenants in rent arrears because of Covid are to be helped via a council-run £65m rent fund. Although...

23 October 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Treat us fairly’ say UK landlords in call to Michael Gove

A new survey has revealed that just 11% of people think Michael Gove, who was announced as the new Housing Secretary...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

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