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
Throughout June we have seen thousands of pounds in fines handed out to landlords all across the country. However, it’s not just landlords that are in the firing line; we have also seen a growing number of agents receive fines related to HMO safety standards and unmet licensing requirements. This is a reflection of the […]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
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
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
2018 was a pivotal year for the UK Private Rented Sector (PRS) making positive steps forward for the protection of tenants renting in the UK. Landlords have an obligation to maintain and repair properties and to keep tenants safe, under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985. Also to comply with the licensing terms that permit […]Read more
The government’s new rogue landlord database was billed as a key tool for local councils to target the country’s worst landlords, but, more than six months after the system started, not a single name has been added – and even when some are added, the public will not be able to find out. Simon Goodley, […]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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