Council enforcement is on the rise and is continuing to receive a lot of attention in the media. For example, BBC recently published a story around Leicester’s new selective licensing scheme that has been introduced to protect vulnerable people and improve standards of housing. At Kamma, we understand that property licensing is complex, inconsistent, and […]Read more
In the last couple of months there’s been a steady increase in Rent Repayment Orders, or RROs across the UK. Major news publications including the Sun are starting to pick up on stories about tenants that are applying for RROs and spreading awareness about tenants rights to apply for RROs – at the same time, […]Read more
We have seen some record breaking fines now in May, including a £300,000 fine handed out to a rogue landlord in Southwark. But it’s not just landlords that are getting fined, property managers all over the country are also experiencing increases in fines of non compliance… At Kamma, we understand that property licensing is complex, […]Read more
Total fines for letting agents and landlords in London have now surpassed £7.5 million for the first time ever. Not only are we seeing a big increase in fines handed out to landlords and agents, April has also been a record month for property licensing in the private rented sector with several new licensing schemes. […]Read more
This month Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, announced a plan to train more Private Rented Sector enforcement officers to help tackle a lack of inspections from councils, which has led to many landlords getting away with letting out potentially hazardous properties. The Mayor is also calling for a system where tenants have greater capacity to […]Read more
The Croydon licensing scheme rejection sends a clear message to local authorities. Earlier this month, Croydon Council was dealt a heavy blow by the Secretary of State of Housing, Robert Jenrick, after their application to extend a borough-wide Selective licensing was firmly rejected. The final decision came after a long wait for the council, whose […]Read more
Earlier this month university student, Megan Cole, won a Rent Repayment Order (RRO) hearing against their landlord and managed to successfully claim back a whole year’s worth of rent – a total of almost £35,000 shared amongst all 8 tenants. Following the hearing, Megan drew from her experiences and even wrote her dissertation on the […]Read more
Just a few weeks ago, a potentially fatal blaze broke out in a large tower block in Whitechapel. The fire began in a seventh-floor flat on Sidney Street and gutted the inside of the kitchen. Thankfully, the flat’s tenants were able to get out unharmed and the fire was controlled by fast-arriving emergency fire crews, […]Read more
After much discussion and public opinion, the Camden Council cabinet passed their proposal to renew their additional HMO licensing scheme for another 5 years. This decision comes after the cabinet received over a thousand public responses, with about two-thirds of the responses in agreement with the renewal of the additional housing scheme (80% of private […]Read more
The outbreak of the Coronavirus is having wide-reaching implications for the private rented sector. Businesses, landlords and local councils have been forced to adapt in order to protect public health during this pandemic. Most notably, we have seen a number of local authorities across the country make changes to their introduction or enforcement of HMO […]Read more
How PropTech firm Kamma (formerly GetRentr) helps simplify the complexity of selective licensing schemes Simon Goodley, writing in The Guardian, discusses how measures to stop poor property management are patchy and confusing. You can read the full article here.Read more
On the 24th of February Kamma hosted a webinar for mortgage lenders and housing providers covering topic including: The Path to Net Zero (or as we like to call it – Property Zero) for UK Homes New regulatory responsibilities and risks for large portfolio owners Cost-effective ways to support tenants to reduce heating bills […]Read more
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