Fuel poverty could hit 42% of Private Rented Sector households as it is expected to more than double in England. Unequal support across sectors has helped the social housing sector to more than halve fuel poverty (pre-crisis), the PRS by only a third. The UK government could reduce fuel poverty by 56.6%, if they spend their £9.1bn […]Read more
We continue to see an upward trend in the number of licensing schemes introduced this year. So far there have been seven new schemes introduced, including two that have come into force this April. In the last month, we have also seen several local record fines for landlords that have failed to comply with HMO […]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
Regulation and enforcement of the PRS in 2021 is not showing any signs of slowing down. With more licensing schemes cropping up all over the UK and a recent consultation on tightening the energy efficiency standards of rental properties, landlords today must ensure they’re prepared for what’s to come further down the line. Over the […]Read more
In the recent open letter to the Housing Secretary, there are only two clauses that matter… Earlier this month 51 organisations, including the Lettings Industry Council and the Institute of Residential Property Management, wrote an open letter to Robert Jenrick, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, calling for widespread adoption of […]Read more
Despite the second national lockdown, the housing market has very much stayed open for business all throughout the past month. As too it seems, have housing enforcement teams around the country, as this month we’ve seen some astronomic fines for rogue landlords and even agents. In this article we’ve selected the biggest stories we’ve come […]Read more
We are thrilled to announce two new senior recruits to the Kamma team. Helping us to further our mission of leveraging tech and data to revolutionise the UK property sector is Joe Webb, Chief Marketing Officer, and Peter Panayi, Commercial Director. Both bring a wealth of experience and expertise in their respective fields. Get to […]Read more
On Saturday 31 October, a day infamous for scary surprises, the whole nation found themselves once again reeling from Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement of a second full nationwide lockdown beginning on Thursday 5 November. Not so much a scary surprise, as a frightful inevitability – the prospect of Lockdown 2.0 still left many businesses […]Read more
As the nation gears up for a second lockdown to see us into December, it’s hard to deny that the previous month has seen a flurry of enforcement activity in the property market. We’ve seen a significant number of fines being handed out and rogue landlords being caught out by housing officers. In this article […]Read more
The growing compliance burden There is no shortage of things to consider when preparing a new rental property for tenants. Increasingly, being a responsible landlord means staying compliant with all the rules and regulations that now come with operating in the Private Rented Sector. The same applies to letting agents, who are also faced with […]Read more
September has seen a growing number of stories related to rogue landlords and property licensing enforcement. Perhaps making up for lost time caused by the Coronavirus lockdown – local authorities are amping up their enforcement and clamping down on the landlords who continue to flout the law. At Kamma, we understand that property licensing is complex, […]Read more
In popular culture, “here be dragons” (hic sunt dracones in the original Latin) means dangerous or unexplored territory and is often thought to be an imitation of the medieval custom of putting pictures of dragons or other mythical beasts on uncharted or blank areas of maps where danger was thought to exist. In reality, whilst […]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
HMO Article 4 directions are a legal means through which a council can require property owners to obtain planning permission when converting single homes or residential properties (C3 use class) into HMOs (C4 use class). The main focus of this piece of legislation is to withdraw the rights permitted under the Town and Country Planning […]Read more
This month we have seen more rogue landlords handed out eye-watering fines and news of a council seeking to revoke the licences for a large student flats agency in Lincoln. At Kamma, we understand that property licensing is complex, inconsistent and ever changing. Our technology and software cuts through that complexity to keep you on top […]Read more
We are thrilled to announce our latest partnership with Veri-Check. Veri-Check is an independent company with an advanced tenant referencing platform, specialising in tenant credit checks for letting agencies. Two-time recipients of the AllAgents Silver Supplier of the Year Award, Veri-Check are a market-leading supplier, leveraging their technology and industry expertise to provide a unique […]Read more
As we move into the second half of the year, July has brought along with it some eye-watering fines, more news of rogue landlords and a rise in the action taken by the councils to enforce property licensing. At Kamma, we understand that property licensing is complex, inconsistent and ever changing. Our technology and software cuts […]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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