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Fire Safety Guidance – Purpose Built Blocks of Flats

The Local Government (LG) Group has led work to develop important new sector-led guidance on fire safety in purpose-built blocks of flats. This was after landlords articulated a number of concerns about how best they can deliver an appropriate level of fire safety in purpose-built blocks of flats. LG Group has worked alongside local ...

Land Registry launches top tips to help owners protect their property from fraudsters

Thanks to the painsmith blog for this one Property is usually the most valuable asset people own. It can be sold and mortgaged to raise money and is therefore an attractive target for fraudsters. The properties most vulnerable to fraud are usually empty, tenanted or mortgage-free. Individuals at a higher risk of fraud include owners who are ...

Energy Act 2011 – An Overview

The Energy Act 2011 is the result of the much talked about Energy Bill receiving Royal assent. You have probably heard of items contained within the act without perhaps realising that that's where they originate. In particular, the Energy Act 2011 enacts the following: Green Deal Landlord not to refuse reasonable request for energy ...

House destroyed by fire or flood

Every now and then the question arises as to what is the position if a rented house is destroyed or damaged by fire. The question will usually apply to damage by flooding or other disaster. Alternative Accommodation One of the first questions that gets asked is whether a landlord is under a duty to re-house a tenant after a disaster such as ...

Housing benefit rates set to freeze from April 2012

The amount a claimant receives in housing benefit is based upon the local housing allowance rate. This rate is calculated every month by the rent officer assessing non housing benefit rents within the local area and calculating the 30 percentile of those rents. This provides a monthly figure. As market rents rise (or fall) so, does the LHA ...

Walsall landlord prosecuted for putting tenants at risk

Thanks to Painsmith Blog for this one. A Walsall landlord has been sentenced for failing to provide a gas safety certificate. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Khalid Hussain following a complaint from a tenant and her partner, who rent a house at Raleigh Street, Walsall from him. Walsall Magistrates’ Court heard that the ...

Nine out of ten landlords owed rent by LHA tenants

Almost nine out of ten (87%) landlords who accept housing benefit tenants have had problems with rent not being paid on time, with one in ten (11%) saying they have had tenants who stopped paying their rent altogether.   Out of all landlords, more than half (59%) stipulate no housing benefit tenants in their advertisements.The ...

See how you like it! – Direct payment to social tenants

Councils and housing associations to test direct payments of housing cost support Local authority and housing association partnerships are named as the successful volunteers the Government plans to work with on pioneering demonstration projects that will see claimants in the social rented sector directly receiving monthly housing benefit ...

Survey of Housing Benefit Changes

Almost 800,000 homes will become off limits to benefit claimants relying on housing benefit to pay the rent because of government cuts to the local housing allowance that begin in January, according to research by the Chartered Institute of Housing and the Guardian. According to the report, for the first time more people on benefits will be ...

downloading stationary

Having joined the guild over the phone last month my husband & I logged in to view the stationary available online. However when we click on the links we are forwarded to a login page & told access to this membership area is not allowed. Please advise Anne & Michael Lewis