Category Archives: research

MHCLG announces further plans to tighten safety standards for the private rented sector (again)

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government have announced plans to further tighten health and safety standards for all rental accommodation. According to the Ministry, these plans aim to tackle the small minority of rogue landlords who leave their … Continue reading

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Citizens Advice argues Tenant Fees Bill ‘not tough enough’

Following the second reading of the Tenants’ Fees Bill in the House of Lords last week, Citizens Advice have come out swinging. The charity is now arguing for even stricter regulation, following a claim that over a third of tenants … Continue reading

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1.5 Million deposits still not in any protection scheme

The comparison website (ComparetheMarket) claims that over 1.5m tenants know their landlord has not placed their deposits into a government-backed deposit protection scheme.  The survey conducted amongst 1,000 UK adult private tenants, claims that despite the legal obligation for landlords to … Continue reading

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AXA: Rental Standards have made “significant leaps forward” but there’s still a long way to go…

According to a new report published by AXA, there have been significant leaps forward in the standards of the private rental sector since 2014. However, there is still some way to go in terms of improving safety standards. The report … Continue reading

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“Stop blaming letting agents for rental sector problems” Lettings expert comments on landmark report

Earlier this week, The Evolving Private Rented Sector: Its Contribution and Potential, was published by Dr Julie Rugg and David Rhodes. This landmark report on private renting outlined the “confused and contradictory” nature of regulation, as well as a sector … Continue reading

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New DPS figures find cleaning and damage dominate list of deposit disputes

New data released this week by the Deposit Protection Service (DPS) has found that cleaning and property damage are among the most common reasons for landlords and agents to make deposit deductions. The data charts results going back over the … Continue reading

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Shelter told ‘vilifying letting agents won’t solve housing problems’

The report ‘End DSS Discrimination’ published by the National Housing Federation and Shelter this week has attracted a strong rebuke from the National Approved Lettings Scheme (NALS). The report received widespread attention in the media, continuing recent media hostilities towards … Continue reading

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