Tag Archives: consultations


No doubt most of you will have heard about squatters taking over Colonel Gaddafi’s son’s £11 million mansion in London. Apparently the group calling themselves Topple The Tyrants claim they took over the house because they “didn’t trust the British government to properly seize Gaddafi’s corrupt assets”. Whatever your opinion on the above is and […]

Changes to Court Procedures

The UK coalition government has published proposals to reform the way cases are handled in the county courts. In respect of housing litigation, the proposals include retaining the £1000 small claims limit to housing disrepair cases and the provisions of the protocol mandatory for rent arrears and mortgage possession cases. The deadline for responses to […]

Fire Safety in Wales

On the 7 April the Domestic Fire Safety (Wales) Measure 2011 became law. The legislation requires the installation of a fire suppression system (sprinkler system to you and I) in all new or converted residential properties. Landlords will be required to ensure that the system is operating effectively prior to the start of the tenancy. […]

Fire Safety Update.

Many of our readers will recall that we previously blogged on the Fire Safety (Protection of Tenants) Bill 2010-11. Although we stated in this article that the Bill was unlikely to be made law, we thought it may interest some to note that the second reading of the Bill is now scheduled for some time […]

Making better use of Energy Performance Certificates and data.

On 2nd March 2011 the Department for Communities and Local Government released a publication detailing consultations on the effectiveness of EPCs in a number of areas. The Climate Change Act 2008 commits the UK to a statutory target to reduce its carbon emissions. With the UK dedicated to reducing its emissions by 80% in 2050 […]

Localism bill

As some of you will recall we mentioned some possible changes to the Tenancy Deposit Protection legislation. These TDP changes do not however, appear to have survived the committee stage of the bill. This is not to say that they will not get back in later but it is of some concern that what we […]

Deposits, set for change?

The Localism Bill rather surprisingly (or not, depending on which side you are on) includes new sections which are designed to make amendments to the Housing Act 2004 and specifically to the tenancy deposit protection provisions. The changes are intended to clarify the concept of ‘initial requirements’ and remove the late protection loopholes as discussed […]

Oxford, again….

We have been provided with a copy of a letter that Oxford City Council is distributing to relevant parties in the lettings industry. As regular readers will know, the Labour government amended the planning use classes in April 2010 to limit the C3 use class and created a C4 use class for HMOs’. We reported […]

HMO Changes in Northern Ireland

The system of HMO regulation in Northern Ireland is changing.

Long Leases in Scotland

The Scottish Executive is consulting on the abolition of certain residual long leases.

Welsh Consultation

The Welsh Assembly is consulting on strategy for the Private Rented Sector.

Landlords Warranties and Agents

The Government proposals in the way forward in the private rebted sector contain some potential landmines for agents.

New Announcements on HMOs

The Department of Communities and Local Government has launched a consultation on changing the permission mechanism for additional and selective licensing and has published its views on the responses to a previous consultation on HMO planning issues.

Building Regulation Consultation

The Government is consulting on changes to be made to the manner in which approved bodies are certified under the Building Regulations

Mobile Homes Act Changes

The Government has published a response to its further consultation on the Mobile Homes CAt 1983 and will be taking its plans forward in April 2010.

EPC Directive Changes

The European Commission, the primary legislative body of the EU, has put forward proposals to make changes to the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). CLG has published a consultation on the proposals to allow it to reflect the views of UK stakeholders back to the commission. The proposals are in two categories. The first […]

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