News

HMO changes

How will these proposed changes affect you? The Government has confirmed it will be going ahead with its proposals to change the conditions for a mandatory license for HMOs to any property with 5 or more occupants in 2 or more households, regardless of the layout of...

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Universal Credit

Universal Credit roll out delayed. Universal Credit was due to be rolled out in Colchester in April 2018. This has been put back to July 2018, giving us extra time to assess and manage the impact it may have on landlords and tenants.  

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The week the landlords moved in

Yes, another life swap programme. But how easy it is for us to see what we do from one perspective, in this case voids and arrears. And how interesting that it takes so little to get a new, wider perspective. A perspective that improves the life of tenants and...

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Ban on letting agents fees

Silver birch welcomes the proposed government ban on letting agent fees charged to tenants (as has already been done in Scotland).  Currently letting agents charge for undertaking credit checks, obtaining references, providing a tenancy agreement and carrying out...

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