Pet Proposals from Labour – Worthy of Appaws?

Labour recently announced 50 pledges surrounding animal welfare, which include tenants being able to keep their pets in rental homes regardless of the landlord’s opinion. Would Scotland follow suit? Labour promised tenants that it would do more to ensure that they would not have to give up their pets when they move rental homes. Labour …

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Landmark Confiscation Order for Rogue Landlords

Until now, councils could only impose fines on landlords renting homes which breach legal levels of health and safety. These fines would usually be a fraction of the rogue landlords’ potential gains. However, slum landlords could now be forced to give up all earnings from their criminal activity. Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 Brent Council …

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Do State Benefits Equate to Second Class Citizens in Renting?

That’s how a single mum, Rosie Keogh, felt when a letting agency rejected her application because she was on state benefit. Rosie had been living in the same property for 11 years and paying her rent in full each month, before she applied for a property in Kings Heath in Birmingham. As a housing benefit …

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Standard Fire Safety Rules For All Properties

Amendments to a 30 year old Scottish law will see significant changes to the fire and smoke alarm regulations that will benefit everyone, regardless of tenure. The existing standards for fire and smoke alarms in Scotland are already high in the private rented sector and now they are going to be extended to all homes …

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Green Light For Dundee’s First Build To Rent Development

Vox Dundee Project has been awarded planning consent by councillors, which will see the former Dundee College building transformed into 111 build to rent apartments with car parking and 24 serviced apartments. Work will begin this year with a move in date of 2019. Vox Investments have appointed Reigart Contracts to complete the work which …

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Six Year Sentence for ‘Landlord’ Conman

An individual masquerading as a private landlord was charged with 17 offences for fraudulently renting rooms and sentenced to six years behind bars. James Bennett, who at the time was in the process of being evicted, pretended to let rooms at four different properties in the Brixton, Walworth, Elephant & Castle and Tooting areas of …

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