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Majority oppose licensing – but Labour council set to ignore verdict

By |2020-10-29T10:03:46+00:00October 29th, 2020|Company News|

South Tyneside council is considering a selective licensing in two areas of South Shields - and looks likely to ignore its own consultation results. The licences for landlords would come with a number of conditions described by the council as “ensuring accommodation was of a high standard and well-managed.”  The authority continues:...

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Sunak given landlords’ wish-list as he reveals spending review date

By |2020-10-29T10:03:52+00:00October 29th, 2020|Company News|

Chancellor Rishi Sunak will announce government spending plans for the next 12 months on November 25 - and he already has a wishlist from landlords. The Treasury's scrapped earlier plans for a more usual five year spending review and instead the announcement next month will be restricted to one year only,...

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Hot Cakes – landlords urged to act quick on Green Homes Grants

By |2020-10-29T10:04:04+00:00October 29th, 2020|Company News|

Just under half of landlords say they intend to make energy efficiency improvements to properties as part of the government's Green Homes Grant scheme. In a survey carried out on behalf of Paragon Bank, 45 per cent of landlords said they will take up the offer of up to £5,000 covering two-thirds of the cost...

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Complete Rubbish? Landlord’s four figure waste bill

By |2020-10-29T10:03:59+00:00October 29th, 2020|Company News|

A council has prosecuted a landlord who failed to ensure waste from his property was properly disposed of. Mohammed Hussain from Leeds pleaded guilty at York Magistrates Court to failing to ensure household waste from his property was transferred to an authorised person, under Section 34 (2A) of the Environmental Protection...

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So just how important IS the short lets rental sector?

By |2020-10-29T10:03:01+00:00October 29th, 2020|Company News|

Rental operators specialising in short lets are signing up to a tracking study to assess the sector’s size and significance.  The exercise is being co-ordinated by the UK Short Term Accommodation Association, the sector’s fledgling trade body, and will also include serviced apartments and hotels in a London-focussed pilot study. The tracking...

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Brexit may lead to glut of returning retirees who rent

By |2020-10-29T10:03:06+00:00October 29th, 2020|Company News|

The long-running uncertainty over Brexit may lead to a glut of British expats returning home and renting rather than buying. That’s the view of Girlings Retirement Rentals, which says uncertainty surrounding any Brexit deal - if one is struck at all - means many expats may return sooner than expected in...

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Agents get £100 referral fee for clients signing up to storage firm

By |2020-10-29T10:03:27+00:00October 29th, 2020|Company News|

Ten estate agencies have signed up to a partnership programme with the easyStorage company, which allows lettings and sales firms to offer clients a discount on storage. As the government begins to tighten lockdown restrictions in parts of the country, some agents say some clients remain uncertain about moving plans.  easyStorage is...

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Deposit alternative PropTech supplier wins ‘super start-up’ status

By |2020-10-29T10:03:23+00:00October 29th, 2020|Company News|

Deposit alternative service flatfair has been named as one of the top 50 start-ups to work for in London. Recruitment platform Tempo lists companies according to their company mission, employee reviews, careers pages, upfront information for potential new hires, and their “general buzz”. Tempo says of flatfair: “Deposits and the processes around them...

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David Cox, former ARLA chief, in dramatic return to the industry

By |2020-10-29T10:03:18+00:00October 28th, 2020|Company News|

In a dramatic return to the agency world, the former chief executive of the Association of Residential Letting Agents is joining Rightmove from next week. David Cox left ARLA over the summer after being denied the opportunity to apply for the newly unified position leading Propertymark across both lettings and sales. Rightmove’s...

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Generation Rent advising tenants to negotiate lower rents

By |2020-10-28T10:05:01+00:00October 28th, 2020|Company News|

Generation Rent, the pressure group led by Baroness Alicia Kennedy, is tweeting advice to tenants on how to negotiate a lower rent. A series of tweets starts dramatically by saying: “The rent is, beyond doubt, too damn high. But renters don’t always have to pay what the landlord demands.” It then goes...

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