Published on Fri, 16th Mar 2018 18:41

The current ongoing consulattaions are:-

Electrical safety in the private rented sector: Closes on 16 April
Commonhold call for evidence: Closes on 19 April
National Planning Policy Framework: Closes on 10 May
National Planning Policy Guidance: Closes on 10 May
Supporting housing delivery through developer contributions: Closes on 10 May

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The Government announces changes to Licensing

Published on Fri, 16th Mar 2018 18:14

In addition to the recent extension of Mandatory Licensing, the Government has just announced proposals for further amendments to HMO licensing.

A draft proposal is to be put before Parliament to propose:-

  • Prescribe a mandatory licence condition for HMOs that clarifies the minimum sizes for bedrooms, in particular that a single adult must have room which is greater than 6.51 sqm and

  • Prescribe a mandatory requirement for landlords to adhere to council refuse schemes, to ensure HMO prop

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Crackdown on private landlords renting overcrowded and dangerous homes

Published on Thu, 15th Mar 2018 18:35

The Housing Minister Heather Wheeler has announced new plans to stop overcrowding.

Details can be seen here, but in summary are:-

  • Councils to be given new powers to fine landlords renting overcrowded properties;

  • limiting bedroom sizes;

  • landlords will have to supply appropriate rubbish facilities

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Enveloped Dwellings tax returns must be digital from April

Published on Tue, 13th Mar 2018 09:00

From 1 April 2018, all online Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings returns must be filed using the ATED digital service. Agents and their customers should register with HMRC now to use this service from 1 April 2018 (unless they have already done so).

The old-style online forms will be withdrawn on 31 March 2018 and can no longer be used.


 Agents will be able to:

  • accept client’s authorisation requests online
  • see a list of all of their ATED clients in one place
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Mayor of London publishes draft plan.

Published on Mon, 5th Mar 2018 18:49

The draft plan for London can be seen here, and the BPF response can be seen here.

The highlights of the plan are:-

1. Housing - With London’s population expected to increase by 70,000 every year, reaching 10.8 million in 2041, good planning is vital for growth. The Mayor has ripped up existing planning rules to get more affordable homes built, especially in areas served by strong infrastructure.

2. Green Belt - Sadiq has strengthened his commitment to protect ‘the lungs of the capital’ - Lon Read More