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Government has “declared war” on landlords and tenants

January 8, 2016

Government has “declared war” on landlords and tenants The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has accused Government of declaring war on individual landlords in the private rented sector. The association sums up 2015 as an “annus horribilis” for residential landlord. Unless the government does a “U” turn or makes appropriate amendments to the changes George Osborne…

Social Development Committee – Hansard report 26 November 2015

December 4, 2015

Following the sessions of oral evidence on the Houses of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) Bill a further meeting took place to look at the findings and amendments that were to be made to the HMO Bill on 26 November. A copy of the Hansard report can be found Here The pages that relate to the issues…

Licensing dubbed the “Tenants Tax”

November 20, 2015

Licensing dubbed the “Tenants Tax” The term “tenants tax” was not coined by landlords, as one may suspect, but by the Housing Minister Brandon Lewis. Some Council in England operate a licencing scheme and charge the landlord to become licenced with fees normally around £500 per property covering a 5 year period. It has become…

LANI represent HMO Landlords in Stormont Oral session with the Committee of Social Development – Listen in or view here

November 18, 2015

Listen in or View here – move the bar along to 1.37 about half way along  http://www.niassembly.gov.uk/assembly-business/committees/social-development/meetings/12-november-2015/  I hope you will agree that this shows a little of the work being carried out on behalf of landlords by the Association and well done to those who took part in the session.…

Houses of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) Bill – LANI’s Response

October 29, 2015

At the next General Meeting – to be held in Harlequins on TUESDAY 3rd November 2015  one of our speakers will be looking at the HMO Bill and the changes that are proposed in the Consultation Document issued in September by the Committee of Social Development. The HMO Bill can be viewed here. LANI has…

Electrical and CO2 safety requirements in Private rented properties

September 29, 2015

Electrical Safety and Northern Ireland’s Private Rented Sector The requirement for Electrical safety in the Private rented Sector and the law around CO2 checks has been increased on the mainland with new legislation coming into effect from 1 October 2015. LANI has been meeting with Wayne Mackay, Public Affairs and Policy Advisor of Electrical Safety…

Application Form for Landlord Registration

February 11, 2014

The Department of Social Development has today forwarded a copy of the Paper Landlord Registration Form to LANI for information only and this has been posted on the website for our members under useful documents – it will give you an idea of what the questions are likely to be when you come to complete…