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Could Brexit backlash mean yet another new Housing Minister?

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Theresa May’s decision to call a snap General Election could leave the property sector facing a sixth new housing minister in seven years – one leading industry figure is warning. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn launched the party’s General Election Campaign from Croydon, where current Housing Minister Gavin Barwell MP is defendi...

“Accept that change is coming” – deposit reformer’s message as 2017’s deposit theft total passes £300,000

Thursday, April 13, 2017

A leading property campaigner has welcomed news that the government’s consultation into the banning of letting agent fees will also consider reforming how tenancy deposits are paid – as the total value of deposits known to be stolen in 2017 passes £300,000 Renting reformer Ajay Jagota keeps a running total of the cash value of...

Compulsory Client Protection Money: Be careful what you wish for!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

A leading property expert is warning that letting agents applauding government plans to make Client Money Protection Schemes Compulsory might be celebrating too soon – and might be about to be hit with “astronomical” insurance premiums. The Department of Communities and Local Government last week confirmed that it plans to make ...

North East house prices “in suspended animation”

Thursday, March 30, 2017

•    Prices fall 0.1% over past four weeks – £307 in cash terms. Prices also unchanged year-on-year. •    Blyth, Washington, Gateshead and Morpeth perform best over past month •    Easington and Peterlee perform poorest. •    Rents fall 2.2% to 576 –...

Help first-time buyers by scrapping tenancy deposits

Friday, March 24, 2017

Renters are spending half their wages keeping a roof over their head and are twice as likely as homeowners to have no savings – putting home ownership out of reach for millions Property campaigner Ajay Jagota believes a simple solution would be to let renters put their tenancy deposits into savings accounts – with their landlords bet...

Only one North East rogue landlord prosecuted in 3 years

Friday, March 17, 2017

Sunderland has emerged as the only North East local authority to prosecute a rogue landlord in the past three years. Freedom of Information Requests to all five Tyne and Wear authorities have revealed that Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside and South Tyneside councils could not secured a single conviction between them in a period of almost 40 m...

Budget 2017: “Chancellor has missed a trick”, says property expert

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

A leading property expert believes Phillip Hammond has “missed a trick” in this afternoon’s Budget Statement by not releasing £3.5bn into the UK economy by reforming rental deposits. Ajay Jagota of deposit replacement insurance solution Dlighted also believes the Chancellor could have taken the opportunity to stimulate...

North East house prices flat in February

Thursday, March 2, 2017

KIS Housing NOW – Housing North of Watford - pulls together the most authoritative and up-to-the-minute data and the expert market analysis of the KIS Intelligence Service to give you an indispensible guide to the state of the North East property market.

North East house prices flat in February

Thursday, March 2, 2017

KIS Housing NOW – Housing North of Watford - pulls together the most authoritative and up-to-the-minute data and the expert market analysis of the KIS Intelligence Service to give you an indispensible guide to the state of the North East property market.

No rogue landlords prosecuted in South Tyneside for three years

Saturday, February 25, 2017

South Tyneside Council has revealed that it has not prosecuted a single rogue landlord in more than three years. A Freedom of Information Request asked the council to confirm how many landlords it had been able to convict for dangerous or dirty living conditions in privately-rented properties in 2014, 2015 and 2016. The authority - home to more ...
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