At Kamma we care about cutting through the noise and giving you the latest news and updates on property licensing. Each month, we give you a full rundown of the latest scheme announcements and property licensing news in the Kamma Property Licensing Update. Total fines for letting agents and landlords in London have now surpassed […]Read more
The UK is experiencing the worst cost of living crisis in many years and at the same time the government is laying out plans to enforce stricter standards and punishments against rogue landlords. The government has announced that stricter standards are under plan to be brought in to eliminate unsafe and cold rental housing. As […]Read more
The rental market is more challenging than ever. Tenants are struggling to find budget friendly rental properties, and landlord and agents are struggling to keep up with licensing and energy efficiency regulations. At the same time, the UK is experiencing the worst cost of living crisis in many years… At Kamma, we understand that property […]Read more
Total fines for letting agents and landlords in the Greater London area have increased from £6,502,932 in August 2021 to £8,010,344 at the start of this month Around 20% of all fines have been recorded in the last 12 months, suggesting a major post-pandemic increase in enforcement from London’s Local Authorities Rent Repayment Orders, an […]Read more
Property licensing continues to be a massive pain point for landlords and property managers, maybe unsurprisingly so considering the uncertainty around who needs a licence, and who is responsible for obtaining it. What properties need a licence? Many people still believe licensing only applies to large HMOs such as student house-shares, but this is not […]Read more
This month the government announced that, as a part of its ongoing mission to reform the Private Rented Sector, ministers are now set to ‘name and shame’ failing landlords both on the Government’s website and social media channels. The government will highlight poor practice by landlords and will include published findings by the Housing Ombudsman […]Read more
Last year we reported that a new property licensing scheme or consultation was launched, on average, every 8 days across the country, with data suggesting a continued push in licensing and enforcement into 2022. Local councils all over the country are starting to realise the benefits that licensing can bring both in terms of improving […]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
As we look ahead into the new year we believe we are in for an exciting one. It appears the world is finally recovering from Covid, and so is the rental market. But with so much in the legislative pipeline concerning MEES regulations and new local licensing requirements, letting agents and landlords are still at […]Read more
Research from Zoopla shows that by the end of 2021, 1/16 homes will have been sold, making it the busiest property market in 14 years. As the industry is recovering from the 2020 pandemic, the market demand is also boosting the rate of annual house price growth now at 6.9% – up from 3.5% in […]Read more
The total fines for rogue landlords and agents in London boroughs (since 2017) is this October nearing a whopping £7 million as councils continue to prioritise licensing enforcement. This month the government also announced the winners of their energy efficiency enforcement grant to help councils raise awareness and enforce regulations – ultimately banning landlords from […]Read more
Licensing enforcement has been on the agenda for many councils around the UK this year, with no signs of slowing down. With Michael Gove replacing Robert Jenrick as Housing Minister this month it remains to be seen whether this trend will continue. Looking back at the last month, we have not only seen landlords and […]Read more
Keeping track of the ever changing licensing landscape is an ongoing struggle for many landlords and agents as councils all over the UK continue to introduce new schemes. This inevitably leads to expansion of enforcement. Our latest analysis of London council’s enforcement data was reported widely across the industry as we saw a 532% month-on-month […]Read more
Total fines of £139,146 were handed out to landlords and letting agents in the most recent month of data, up from £22,000 seen just two months prior Local authorities in London have now handed out more than £6.5 million in fines since the Rogue Landlord and Agent (RLAC) checker was launched Dramatic increase in levels […]Read more
The summer is a busy period for many agents and landlords, especially this year with a booming lettings market that is recovering from last year’s lockdown and travel restrictions. Councils are continuing to push for more regulations in the private rented sector to protect vulnerable tenants. For example, this month, Bury Council has adopted new […]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
In May we saw an increase in the number of record fines handed out to rogue landlords and agents in several local councils. We could also see an increase in enforcement by local councils. This month, we continue to see new licensing schemes being introduced, with several more under consultation. At Kamma, we understand that property […]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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