HMO Planning Permission

HMO Planning Permission

John Healey: Local powers for councils to protect communities and improve standards in the private rented sector Housing and Planning Minister John Healey today (27/1/10) announced new local powers to control the spread of high concentrations of shared rented homes...
Rent dodger signs – Are they lawful?

Rent dodger signs – Are they lawful?

I’ve just had an interesting question on the help-line that I thought worthy of a brief article. I remembered seeing this on the news a while ago and found a BBC article here Q: My friend who is a landlord has placed a sign outside his property stating...
A draft guide to licensing

A draft guide to licensing

The draft guidance provides a guide to the provisions in Part 2, 3 and 4 of the Housing Act 2004. It explains the definition of a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) for licensing purposes, the effect of the licensing provisions in parts 2 and 3 of the Act and the...
Who is supplying the property?

Who is supplying the property?

We have free guidance available for landlords to give to their tenants before they move in, in order to help tenants with signing on with gas and electricity. This is available free of charge here (tick the F051 box): Because the market is open to occupiers to choose...
Third Party Deductions

Third Party Deductions

Where a landlord has a current tenant claiming Job Seekers Allowance or Income Support and there are rent arrears, it is possible to claim a small amount to be paid from the JSA or IS direct to the landlord. This is called “third party deductions”. What...