The landlord media briefing – November 2017
This month we responded to the Government’s announcement about caps on security deposits, and discussed what to do if your tenant is smoking cannabis. Our research on landlords’ willingness to rent to Universal Credit recipients continued to be discussed.
Positive reaction to letting fees changes
We issued a press release responding positively to the Government’s announcement that the proposed security deposit cap will now be set at six weeks’ rent, rather than four as was originally planned. This story featured widely in regional press.
What to do if your neighbours are smoking cannabis
If your tenants are smoking cannabis, we advise that you remind them of their tenancy agreement obligations and inspect the property for any sign of continued use. This advice was featured in The Mirror and in regional press.
Two in ten landlords willing to house Universal Credit tenants
Our research, which was released in October, shows that the majority of landlords are unwilling to rent to recipients on Universal Credit or other housing benefit. Subsequently, we called for the Government to pause the roll-out and lift the freeze on housing benefit rates. This research featured in online articles and in regional press. Our local authority officer Gavin Dick spoke to BBC Radio Berkshire about these issues. Listen back here.
NLA Representative Richard Blanco participated in a panel discussion on BBC Victoria Derbyshire alongside tenant representative group, Acorn. He provided a landlord’s perspective on housing standards and the best way for both tenants and landlords to ensure living conditions are acceptable. Watch the discussion here.
The Autumn Budget
The Budget was announced on 22 November and included a few policies that will have an effect on landlords. We discuss how confidence is the key to longer tenancies on the NLA blog.