Kate Webb
Kate Webb

By Kate Webb

Letting agent fees consultation commits to wide ranging ban 

The ban on letting fees for tenants has moved a step closer with publication of the government’s consultation on how the ban will operate. Shelter has been campaigning for an end to tenant fees since 2013, so unsurprisingly there’s much about the consultation that we like, particularly:

It shows the government understands the dynamics of the lettings market It’s ambitious about enforcement And it recognises that letting fees aren’t the only problems for renters Acknowledging renters’ lack of power

Perhaps … MORE...

Rose Grayston
Rose Grayston

By Rose Grayston

How central London’s luxury property price falls could make housing even less affordable

All the signs point to a slow-down in the London property market. Central London house prices dropped by 6.8% between 2015 and 2016, while the numbers of new homes under construction plummeted by 75%.[1] The problem is located almost entirely at the top of the market, with sales transactions collapsing by 86% for properties worth more than £10 million.[2]

Central London property values are eye-watering, far beyond the reach of most working London households. A fall in house … MORE...

Poppy Terry
Poppy Terry

By Poppy Terry

Bigger fines, better enforcement: even more good news for renters

Measures to help councils crack down on rogue landlords come in to force today. The new powers, which include fines of up to £30,000 for rogue landlords and the extension of Rent Repayment Orders, are great news for renters as they will help councils improve conditions in the private rented sector and give tenants increased protection.

Last week, we told you about some good news for renters coming from the government. Today, we bring you some more: from today onwards, … MORE...

Erin Wolson
Erin Wolson

By Erin Wolson

‘It’s depressing. I’ve found myself crying over it.’

Homeless, suffering with mental illnesses, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and post-traumatic stress disorder, Andrew was placed into his current accommodation. It was supposed to be a temporary measure – somewhere to tide him over as he bid for a more permanent council home. That was in December 2015. Andrew is still there.

When Andrew first moved in, there was no sign of the problems to come – but they didn’t take long to emerge. ‘There was no mould at … MORE...

Vicky Pearlman
Vicky Pearlman

By Vicky Pearlman

Change afoot for homeless families on Universal Credit?

Paying housing costs through Universal Credit is causing problems for tenants, landlords and local councils alike, particularly in temporary accommodation. So we are pleased that the Government is planning to move this support back to locally-administered housing benefit.

Late last week we learnt that DWP Ministers are preparing to issue new guidance to ensure that families living in temporary accommodation, in areas where full Univeral Credit (UC) has been rolled out, will have their housing costs met by housing benefit … MORE...