Rental boom adds to Plymouth's homeless pet problem

Authored by News Desk

PLYMOUTH’S thriving rental market is fuelling a worrying increase in animals being parted from their owners due to landlords’ strict housing policies.

Woodside Animal Welfare Sanctuary at Elfordleigh, on the outskirts of Plymouth, currently has more than 50 animals on its waiting list who cannot remain with their owners due to landlords’ ‘no pet’ policies.

And the charity has...

RLA launches new Local Authority Network

Authored by News Desk

The RLA has launched its new-look Local Authority Network, a unique and easy-to-use resource that helps bring landlords and local authorities closer together.

With local and national government rules changing in what seem like the blink of an eye, it is not surprising that many landlords are confused about their obligations.

This is where the Local Authority Network comes in...


Crackdown on harassment and illegal eviction of tenants

Authored by News Desk

Rogue landlords who harass or illegally evict tenants are the subject of a new crackdown in Plymouth.

Plymouth City Council is working in partnership with PATH (Plymouth Access to Housing) who have appointed a dedicated Tenancy Relations Officer to tackle these issues. The project involves the investigation of allegations of illegal eviction and harassment by landlords, and will see...

SW renters have paid £38,000 on average to their landlord since 2010

Authored by News Desk

Someone paying rent for an average two bedroom home in the South West would have forked out £38,137 to their landlord over the last five years, new analysis by housing and homelessness charity Shelter reveals today.

This is just under the sum needed for a 20% deposit on the average first time buyer home in the region, which is currently priced at £195,672.

With millions of...

Free event for private landlords on the new Universal Credit scheme

Authored by News Desk

Now that the Government’s new Universal Credit scheme has been introduced the City Council is hosting a special event to explain the changes for private landlords.

Universal Credit is a single monthly payment for people in or out of work, which merges together some of the benefits and tax credits that people currently receive. Universal Credit has replaced income-based Jobseekers’...

Crackdown on smoke and carbon monoxide alarm safety

Authored by News Desk

Landlords could be fined £5,000 for failing to provide smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

As part of a new crackdown by Plymouth City Council to keep private rented tenants safe, a new policy has been introduced, in line with the new national Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Regulations. The regulations require private landlords to ensure that there are working smoke alarms on each...

Plymouth awarded £60,000 to tackle rogue landlords

Authored by Mary

Plymouth City Council has been awarded £60,000 of Government funding to deal with rogue landlords.

The news comes after the council submitted a bid to the Department for Communities and Local Government's Rogue Landlords Fund. The additional funding will support existing work and enable more to be done with trading standards, voluntary providers supporting tenants, and working with...

£5m for councils to stop rogue landlords

Authored by Mary

Councils across the country are to receive a £5m cash boost to tackle rogue landlords in their area, Housing Minister Brandon Lewis announced today.

Forty eight councils will share the funding so they can take on the irresponsible landlords that force tenants to live in squalid and dangerous properties, making their lives a misery.

The cash will also allow councils to root out...

Is your landlord a 'rogue' or 'in vogue'

Authored by Mary

The National Landlords Association (NLA) is asking tenants across the country if they can tell the difference between good and bad landlords, as part of their new campaign, Reinventing Renting.

Reinventing Renting looks at the characteristics and qualities of professional landlords and seeks to help tenants identify whether their landlord is a ‘rogue’ or ‘in vogue’.


Tenants sublet behind landlords' backs

Authored by Sarah Parker

Almost half of tenants who sublet their property do so without their landlord’s consent, according to new findings from the National Landlords Association (NLA).

The findings come as the government recently announced proposals to introduce minimum room sizes in order to crack down on problems with private rented accommodation such as unauthorised subletting, which often results in...


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