Pulling the Rugg out from under them

Housing Minister Grant Shapps has now confirmed that not only the National Landlord Register is finished as a proposal. Also dead in the water are regulation of letting and managing agents, and compulsory written tenancy agreements. Councils are ‘urged to use the wide range of powers that they already have at their disposal’ to deal […]

Housing policy dribbles

Or the good, the bad and the ugly from the Housing minister and the Communities and Local Government secretary. Grant Shapps, housing minister has been setting out some plans, or perhaps aspirations. Mostly, these seem to involve encouraging people to buy houses. And encouraging mortgage lenders to lend more to people to buy houses. Via […]

A farewell to the RSL

On 17 March 2010, the ‘The Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 (Consequential Provisions) Order 2010’, SI 2010 NO. 866 was made. Also enacted on 17 March was The Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 (Commencement No. 7 and Transitional and Saving Provisions) Order 2010, SI 2010 NO. 862. Both come into force on 1 April 2010. […]

John Healy saves the world*

*Not really. The current housing minister, who holds the current record for the number of times a housing minister’s name can be mentioned in a press release, has announced forthcoming legislation, in response to the Rugg report. More details here [link to PDF]. The announced headlines are as follows, then we’ll take a look at […]

Its all in the name

The Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 (Registration of Local Authorities) Order 2010 has just been laid before Parliament in draft form, to come into effect on April 1, 2010. A copy is available here. In short, it makes it compulsory for local authorities which provide or intend to provide social housing to register with the […]

Rent Repayment Orders

As well as the process of criminal convictions and fines which results from the failure to have the necessary property licence as required by the Housing Act 2004 there is a further penalty which can be imposed on unlicensed landlords.  This is the Rent Repayment Order or RRO. The RRO allows the occupiers of a […]

On the Naughty Step

And what a thoroughly deserving new entrant to the roll we have in Anthony Carroll, apparently known as ‘Uncle Tony’, although ‘Uncle’ to whom and whether any Godfather style references were intended is not at all clear. Mr Carroll is a Nottingham based landlord, apparently with quite a few properties, including student lets. Unfortunately, Mr […]

Telling the TSA what to do

The Government in the form of the DCLG has issued its response to consultation on the directions it is to give the Tenant Services Authority under s.197 Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 and also the directions on regulatory standards themselves. The directions for social housing relate to rent, quality of accommodation and involvement of tenants […]