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Durham City Start Consultation On Letting Boards - 16 January 2017

Durham County Council are allowing members of the public, landlords, tenants, and estate agents the opportunity to have their say on how letting boards are displayed in the city center. In 2009 Durham Council introduced the non-compulsorily Voluntary Code on Letting Boards, which encouraged agents and landlords to be more considerate to the conservation areas of the city when erecting letting boards. However, ... more

Two More London Authorities Open Licensing Consultations - 16 January 2017

The London Boroughs of Newham and Bexley have become the most recent London authorities to start licensing consultations. Both authorities have cited supply and demand problems and increased anti-social behaviour as the need for new licensing. The licensing options planned for Bexley would take the form of an 'additional' licensing scheme for smaller HMOs as well as possible 'selective' licensing of ... more

Bournemouth Announces Selective Licensing Consultation - 16 January 2017

Bournemouth has experienced an increase in private rented sector housing which provides valuable accommodation for residents who don’t want to or are unable to own their own home. Boscombe West has the highest percentage of these privately rented houses in Bournemouth at 62.3%. In East Cliff and Springbourne the percentage of private rented accommodation is 47% and in Boscombe East it is ... more

Warning over digital tax plan ‘disaster’  - 16 January 2017

The Government’s ambitious Making Tax Digital (MTD) tax plans risk becoming a ‘disaster’ according to the treasury. The proposals outline plans to digitise the way in which landlords pay tax and would see them required to use special software or apps to keep their business records, updating HMRC quarterly. Making Tax Digital was due to be phased in from next year. The current plan is to start quarterly ... more

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