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View from Westminster this week

It was supposed to be all change at the start of the new parliamentary session, as Prime Minister, Theresa May promised a major Cabinet reshuffle. Instead, we saw almost the entire Cabinet stay put, albeit with a little juggling of responsibilities. In Communities and Local Government, housing was added to the title, and Department changed to Ministry, […]

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Dominic Raab: Who is the new housing minister?

Dominic Raab MP has been named as the new Minister responsible for Housing in the Cabinet reshuffle this week, replacing Alok Sharma. Mr Raab’s appointment makes him the sixteenth Housing Minister since 1997. But who is he? And what does his appointment suggest for the PRS? Prior to taking up his new role, Dominic Raab […]

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Forum Spotlight: Responsibility for changing non-standard light fittings

A member posted on our Forum recently with a query about whether he is responsible for changing the bulbs in several non-standard light fittings in a property that he lets out. The property has flush fitting lights rather than standard bulb holders. The issue was that two bulbs had gone, and the tenant at the […]

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Call of the Week: Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

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From April 1st 2018, landlords will no longer be able to give a tenancy or renew and existing one for a property with an EPC rating of less than E. As this date is fast approaching, some landlords are concerned that their properties will not quite reach these minimum standards and have started looking to […]

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Cabinet reshuffle: What does it mean for housing?

Sajid Javid has kept his job as head of Communities and Local Government and today seen housing added to his ministerial title – but what does this actually mean? Number 10 has announced the minister is now Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government (HCLG). Housing already fell under the department’s remit, but […]

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Revealed: The true impact of Universal Credit on the rental market

AS Members of Parliament prepare to debate the impact of Universal Credit on the private rented sector, research finds that 73 per cent of landlords still lack confidence in renting to tenants on the Credit due to uncertainty that they will be able to recover rent arrears. The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) today reveals the […]

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RLA work secures Universal Credit win

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Changes to Universal Credit will make it easier for direct payments to be made to landlords. Following extensive campaigning by the RLA, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed to it that landlords will no longer need tenants’ consent when applying for Alternative Payment Arrangements (APAs). APAs allow the housing element of Universal […]

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Forum Spotlight: What should I include in a welcome pack?

January is here, and while most people associate September with the month that students start University, hundreds of students across the country are preparing to start University courses this month. The weeks Forum Spotlight focuses on a landlord who rents a property to students. Each student is given a ‘Welcome pack’ on their arrival date, […]

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Tax return deadline quickly approaching

There are just FOUR weeks to go until the tax return deadline day. By 31st January 2018, landlords will need to file tax returns and pay any tax owed in order to avoid penalties. If this is your first year completing your tax return, you may find this self assessment tax guide useful. Good to know For RLA […]

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Big win as ‘explicit consent’ no longer required for APAs

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RLA trainer, housing benefit and Universal Credit expert Bill Irvine returns with news that the DWP will no longer need tenant’s consent when applying for Alternative Payment Arrangements (APAs) – and how the RLA helped secure this win. He said: “Good morning, and a happy and prosperous New Year to you. I’m delighted to start […]

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