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PRS rent increases not overtaking wages - 19 January 2017

The cost of private rented housing has largely followed changes in earnings across England, in stark contrast to the social rented sector where rents have increased faster than wages. The new report from the National Audit Office said that “since 2006, the cost of private rented accommodation has broadly followed changes in earnings across England” whilst “social housing rents have increased faster than ... more

New tax powers for Wales - 18 January 2017

Following a vote in the Welsh Assembly, Wales is set to receive new tax powers from Westminster, meaning that for the first time in over 800 years, Wales will set its own tax. Although no one is quite sure what Welsh tax systems looked like 800 years ago, the Wales Bill (the legislation that grants the powers) will give Wales the ... more

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

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