Deposits to be capped

Published on Sat, 24th Jun 2017 10:00

In the Queens Speech on Wednesday (21/6/17) there was a small mention of tenant’s fees:-

'Proposals will be brought forward to ban unfair tenant fees, promote fairness and transparency in the housing market, and help ensure more homes are built' is what the Queen actually read out.


However, buried in the small print were the details and they are:-

  • as expected a re-affirmation of the commitment to ban letting agent, and landlord fees to tenants.  This will be in the Draft Tenants' Fees

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Urgent DCLG appeal

Published on Wed, 21st Jun 2017 20:00

Please see an urgent appeal from the DCLG below



Melanie Dawes CB 
Permanent Secretary 
Department for Communities and Local
2 Marsham Street
London SW1P 4DF
20 June 2017
Safety checks on private residential blocks 

This letter is intended for owners, landlords and managers of private residential blocks in England. Representative bodies for the private residential sector have kindly agreed to disseminate this letter to their members, and we are grateful for their assistance.

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Finally we have a Housing Minister

Published on Tue, 13th Jun 2017 07:30

Alok Sharma, Reading West MP, will replace Gavin Barwell who was made Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister after losing his Croydon seat.

Sharma, 49, was previously a minister at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and is a qualified accountant.

He is the 15th housing minister since 1997 and the sixth to take the role since the Conservatives came to power in 2010.

The two questions are, will Mr Sharma be able to make any amendments to the vague Housing White Paper; this is doubtful as his bos Read More

More retired renters now

Published on Mon, 12th Jun 2017 12:00

Retired tenants are becoming a larger part of the rental market, according to the UK's largest letting agency.

Countrywide reports that pensioners paid a total of £3.7 billion in rent over the last 12 months.

This represents a rise of over 200% in the last decade when compared to the £1.2 billion paid in 2007.

“The rental market can no longer be typified by the image of carefree, young professionals," says Johnny Morris, Countrywide's research director.

"More than half of tenants are over 30 Read More

Gavin Barwell appointed Theresa May's chief of staff

Published on Mon, 12th Jun 2017 09:00

Former housing minister who lost his London seat on Thursday will replace Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill as Theresa May’s new chief of staff

 In a statement, May said that Barwell “has been a first class minister and is widely respected”.

She added: “He will bring considerable experience of the party to the post. As I said yesterday, I want to reflect on the election and why it did not deliver the result I hoped for. Gavin will have an important role to play in that. I look forward to working wit

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