2017 Autumn Budget

Published on Wed, 22nd Nov 2017 13:45

The Chancellor is unveiling his budget.

 Matters known so far are:-

  •  longer tenancies in the private rental sector with (yet another) consultation on the objective

  • Stamp duty abolished for first-time buyers for homes worth up to £300,000

  • New homes along the Cambridge – Milton Keynes – Oxford corridor

  • Oliver Letwin will chair a review of how land is being used for housing. It will report by the spring of next year, in time for the financial statement then. If necessary, t

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Change in EPC's

Published on Wed, 22nd Nov 2017 09:30

There will be a change in the way EPC's are worked out.

From next Monday (November 30th) there will be a change in the way EPC's are worked out.  The most important things to note are:-

  • any property with solid walls will get a better rating than previously, but

  • any property with cavity walls will get a lower rating.

Note that is no need to have your EPC re-done, all you need is a valid EPC at ‘change of tenure’ i.e. when the property is let or sold.


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Sajid Javid's speech on the housing market

Published on Thu, 16th Nov 2017 16:51

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid used a speech to warn that unless the Government succeeds, the UK risks creating a “rootless generation” who never stay in one place and become part of a community.

In a measure which ministers hope will indicate the direction of travel for the Budget next week, he will free up housing associations to borrow millions of pounds more for housebuilding.

They will be reclassified as private bodies, allowing their £70bn debt to be removed from the government's bala Read More

Brighton & Hove Licensing scheme

Published on Thu, 16th Nov 2017 09:00

Brighton & Hove Councillors voted on Wednesday 15th November 2017 to approve both Additional and Selective Licensing.

The Housing & New Homes Committee ratified the report put to them with very little discussion, with two amendments, one for Additional Licencing and one for Selective Licensing, proposed by Green Party Councillors on fees for accreditation, the terms of which are being discussed.   

Note that the SLA opposes these schemes, especially the Selective Licensing, and will be looking

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Private Rented Sector Electrical Safety Standards Working Group Report

Published on Wed, 8th Nov 2017 18:39

The DCLG have published the report of the Private Rented Sector Electrical Safety Working Group.


An enabling power was included in the Housing and Planning Act 2016 allowing requirements for electrical safety standards in the private rented sector, and their enforcement, to be set through secondary legislation at a later date.


Following Royal Assent, a cross-sector working group was established to provide recommendations on what, if any, legislative requirements should be introduced and Read More