Danielle Hughes

On 1st October 2015, The Assured Shorthold Tenancy Notices and Prescribed Requirements (England) Regulations 2015 and related sections of the Deregulation Act 2015 come into force, bringing with them a number of key changes which, if not complied with, could leave landlords and agents unable to recover possession of their property.

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The battle behind Britain's front doors

By Danielle Hughes at 00:00

With average viewing figures of over 1.2 million the latest Channel 5 series ‘Nightmare Tenants Slum Landlords’ is proving compulsive viewing. The programme takes a closer look at what happens when conflicts between landlords and tenants get out of control, something which I am all too familiar with in my profession.

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Just months following the introduction of Compulsory Letting Licences in Liverpool, Wirral has followed suit. The scheme will come into effect in four designated parts of the Wirral from today, 1st July 2015. The designated areas will be Birkenhead South; Egerton North; Seacombe Library and Egremont Promenade South. These areas were identified using research by Wirral Borough Councils performance and public health intelligence team, which identified key areas suffering from low demand i.e. low sales values and high levels of empty homes.

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Landlords of Liverpool have just over one week left to sign up for a compulsory licence that they will need to have in place to allow them to continue to let private property. The licence process must be commenced before the upcoming deadline of 1st April 2015. Failure to do so could lead to landlords facing fines and having to pay administration fees.

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Channel 4’s airing of ‘Britain’s Benefit Tenants’ on 16th March about the lack of social housing was bound to cause a stir and if provoking debate was the aim of producers, they certainly succeeded in getting people talking.

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