Selective Landlord Licensing and the Localism Agenda

David Lawrenson of www.LettingFocus.com says that the move to “localism” is leading many town halls to make some very bad decisions about the private rented sector. One of the obvious consequences of the Coalition’s liking of “localism” is that it gives more control to the local authorities. But the localism agenda can be a problem for the private rented sector […]

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Private Landlords, Regulation and Accreditation

Private landlords should comply with the rules or accept that worse could be yet to come says David Lawrenson of www.LettingFocus.com. On many occasions I have said that now the private rented sector has grown so big and become so important, landlords must expect there to be no let up in the raft of legislation effecting what they do and […]

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The Private Rented Sector and Some Key Issues for Government

I was quoted extensively at the Guardian Housing Network blog last week and I think it is worth highlighting the key points I made. Why the PRS is in the News 1. The private rented sector (PRS) is increasingly in the news and will remain so, partly because of its growing size and partly because of rising rent levels, which […]

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London Living Rent, Landlord Accreditation and Ken and Boris

David Lawrenson of LettingFocus worries about Ken Livingston’s idea of rent controls and says that that accreditation and registration schemes for landlords are not needed because the vast majority of landlord and tenants enjoy good relations and the minority of rogue landlords will never register anyway. Oh dear, oh dear, I spend a nice day at a CIH Conference telling […]

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Scotland Landlord Registration Scheme Review Makes Grim Reading

A new report on the Scotland Landlords Registration Scheme confirms what we have long suggested – that the scheme has failed on many of its objectives says David Lawrenson of LettingFocus. Many people, in government and elsewhere, would like to see the private rented sector “regulated” more. Of course they often have different ideas about exactly what sort of regulation […]

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