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EU Referendum: Making your mind up!

NLA Blog - 21 June 2016 - 3:18pm
  With two days to go before the polls open it is make your mind up time on Britain’s future relationship with the EU. As you know the NLA is a non-politically aligned membership organisation. We are therefore not taking … Continue reading →

Wales: The state of play and our call for planning reform.

NLA Blog - 16 June 2016 - 3:40pm
Post-election Kafuffle The Welsh Assembly elections last month culminated in a Labour minority Government being backed up by the one remaining Lib Dem AM and casual support from the increased Plaid Cymru contingent.   In return for this propping up, … Continue reading →

NLA Donates to Tenant Tax Fund

NLA Blog - 10 June 2016 - 2:36pm
NLA Chief Executive, Richard Lambert, discusses the NLA’s decision to donate £10,000 to the ‘Tenant Tax’ legal fund. The last few days will be the nearest I will get to living the life of Jack Bauer from the TV series … Continue reading →

4G Freeview Interference – how will landlords be affected?

NLA Blog - 7 June 2016 - 4:10pm
This is a guest blog from at800 What is 4G Freeview Interference? New fourth generation mobile services, known as 4G, are being switched on across the UK. This is great news for mobile users, as 4G provides people with much … Continue reading →

New Law Proposed to Stop Councils Forcing Tenants to Wait for Bailiffs

NLA Blog - 3 June 2016 - 4:05pm
The proportion of all repossession claims that have to be resolved by bailiffs in the last 12 months has shot up to 40%, compared to just 25% in the same period 5 years ago according to recent Government stats. Possession … Continue reading →

Diaries of a Trade Association Policy Team: Volume One

NLA Blog - 27 May 2016 - 4:09pm
Representing landlords may not always be the most glamorous job, but it sure does keep us busy. From travelling up and down the country meeting with local authorities, to lobbying Government officials and ministers across various departments, there is never … Continue reading →

Queen’s Speech: Much Ado About Nothing for the PRS?

NLA Blog - 18 May 2016 - 4:29pm
There was a decidedly mixed reception to the Queen’s Speech in the NLA office, a parliamentary ceremony that dates back to the 16th century, just before the birth of William Shakespeare. Some breathed a high sigh of relief given ‘Measure … Continue reading →

Can you help home a Family of Refugees?

NLA Blog - 17 May 2016 - 4:16pm
Citizens UK is urging landlords in the United Kingdom to consider the possibility of letting their properties to refugee families. Conflicts in the Middle-East, particularly the Syrian Civil War, have contributed to a large-scale humanitarian crisis, and anyone who has … Continue reading →

Make him an offer he can’t refuse…

NLA Blog - 12 May 2016 - 4:33pm
Rumours abound that next week’s Queen’s Speech will contain measures to ease the sale of property in England and outlaw gazumping. Gazumping –  i.e. to make an offer to purchase a property that is higher than someone whose offer has already … Continue reading →

Homelessness – Landlords are not the enemy

NLA Blog - 11 May 2016 - 3:57pm
Oft-cited statistics about the cause of homelessness seek to pin the blame on landlords. With the possibility of new legislation to tackle homelessness being announced in this month’s Queen Speech, meaningful reforms need to be made that engage landlords rather … Continue reading →

Where does the time go?

NLA Blog - 10 May 2016 - 10:48am
If I have to get my gas appliances checked annually, how many inspections will I need over a 12 year period? 12 Surely, one every year. Maybe, but its quite likely to be 13. Look at it this way, if you’re … Continue reading →

Does the SNP still have a mandate to reform the PRS?

NLA Blog - 6 May 2016 - 2:27pm
The Scottish National Party is today (6 May 2016) celebrating an ‘historic’ victory in the Scottish parliamentary elections. However, despite being the clear winners on the night, it has failed to maintain its overall majority in the Parliament. With all … Continue reading →

Does anybody want the landlord vote?

NLA Blog - 4 May 2016 - 3:38pm
Thursday 5th May – the first electoral test for Cameron and Corbyn following 363 days of the first Conservative majority government since the ‘90s. While the elections taking place are local in nature, recent polling of our members has thrown … Continue reading →

All Change! Scottish PRS in 2016

NLA Blog - 28 April 2016 - 1:05pm
The Scottish private rented sector is in for a massive shake up in 2016, with an overhaul of tenancies and the (possible) introduction of rent controls. It is important for landlords with properties in Scotland to get to grips with the … Continue reading →

Wales – The PRS in 2016 and Beyond

NLA Blog - 21 April 2016 - 2:18pm
A lot of change is happening in Wales this year, and it is important that landlords stay up to date. Below are the main issues of which members with property in Wales should be aware. Rent Smart Wales Rent Smart … Continue reading →

The Housing Bill: Landlords out of the cross-hairs?

NLA Blog - 14 April 2016 - 11:21am
It would appear that the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) didn’t get Osborne’s memo about shafting landlords to the hilt. The Housing & Planning Bill that is currently working its way through the House of Lords actually includes some … Continue reading →

What do you think of private rental market statistics?

NLA Blog - 11 April 2016 - 12:30pm
By Gary Trent, PRS Stakeholder Lead, Valuation Office Agency. Statistics on the Private Rented Sector (PRS) can be an invaluable resource.  They give a real insight into sector trends and the wider market beyond our own experience. However, it’s not … Continue reading →

Deposits at risk: Green and Lib Dem tackle the PRS in London

NLA Blog - 5 April 2016 - 4:32pm
This week saw the launch of two more manifestos from London Mayoral hopefuls: Lib Dem Caroline Pidgeon AM, and the Greens’ Sian Berry. Time to delve in to the PRS policies of some more (albeit less likely) contenders.   Catch … Continue reading →

Tenants’ Right to Request Energy Efficiency Improvements

NLA Blog - 1 April 2016 - 11:43am
From today (April 1st), where a tenant requests their landlord’s consent to make energy efficiency improvements, the landlord may not unreasonably refuse consent. This is part of the drive to make the PRS more energy efficient, and is the precursor … Continue reading →

Zac Attack!

NLA Blog - 29 March 2016 - 4:06pm
The NLA fear London landlords will be in for a major shake-up whoever is elected. In his newly launched Housing Manifesto, Conservative Mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith outlines his plans to “move away from the amateur buy-to-let model” and “make way … Continue reading →
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