Careless action with smoldering ash destroys entire hotel

25 Jan 2021 A hotel fire which claimed the lives of two men started after a porter put a bag of ash and embers in a cupboard containing kindling and newspaper. Simon Midgley and his partner Richard Dyson died in the fire at Cameron House next to Loch Lomond in...

Landlord get £13,850 in fines for no HMO licence

19 Jan 2021 A landlord has been fined £10,000 by her local council for failing to licence a HMO. Tracey Davies of Bath was found guilty in her absence when the case came before magistrates in the city. The local authority – which says it was “acting on...

Where are the UK’s property value hotspots?

14 Jan 2021 Guest blog by Ocean Finance Research by Ocean Finance has revealed that Brits stay put in a property for an average of 23 years, a big investment in time to match the even bigger upfronts in terms of deposits and fees that are commonplace these days. A lot...

Government to push Commonhold – but what is it?

11 Jan 2021 The government is establishing a Commonhold Council – a partnership of leasehold groups, industry and government – that will prepare landlords, home owners and the market for the widespread take-up of the commonhold tenure. The government says...

Leasehold reforms should be good news for landlords

08 Jan 2020 Landlords with leasehold properties should be able to enjoy reduced costs and red tape when they wish to extend their leases, the government claims. The new measures to be introduced by the government later this year include one meaning owners of leasehold...

Agents tell government: Get a grip on rental debt

08 Jan 2020 Letting agents have joined forces with other players in the rental industry to demand the government finally get a grip on rental debt. ARLA Propertymark has signed an open letter with the National Residential Landlords Association, The Big Issue and Ride...

PM confirms eviction ban is “under review”

07 Jan 2020 The Prime Minister has told MPs that the eviction ban effectively in place now but scheduled to expire on January 11 is officially “under review.” Boris Johnson made the commitment to the review yesterday afternoon after Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer...