Earlier this month, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, called for a national rogue landlord database after announcing that under just a million tenants in London have accessed the Rogue Landlord and Agent Checker and property Licence Checker. At the same time, secretary of State Michael Gove has also announced funding for seven councils to […]Read more
October has seen the return of Michael Gove as the UK’s housing secretary and the industry’s response has been mixed. After previously being fired by then-PM Boris Johnson, Gove was again named as housing secretary this October and is the forth since the start of the year. His return is likely to shake up the […]Read more
October has seen the return of Michael Gove as the UK’s housing secretary, which has received a mixed response from the industry. After previously being fired by then PM, Boris Johnson, Gove was again named housing secretary earlier this month, and is the forth housing secretary since the start of the year. His return is […]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
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
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
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 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
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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