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Under the skin of the letting market

Here we share news and views on both the local letting market in & around Oxfordshire and all planned and recent legislation.


Category Archives: Govt policy & legislation

Guest Blog: Landlords, replace your white goods now!

This is the first in an occasional series of guest blogs from partners and friends. Here Liz Higgins, Private Client Service Line Manager at Critchleys, discusses Wear & Tear allowance

Changes to council tax discounts and exemptions

As we progress further into April, Oxford City Council and other local authorities have released their plans for Council Tax 2013/14. The local authorities grants have been reduced for the next year as an effect of the Government’s economic policies. …
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We’ve read the English Housing Survey so that you don’t have to

The Government has just released the English Housing Survey (EHS) 2011-2012. Why is this interesting? Because the EHS data is taken as an ‘official’ picture of the UK’s housing and it becomes the source data for policy, debates, white papers, …
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The Green Deal has launched

  The ‘energy efficiency’ Green Deal was launched on Monday (28th January 2013). Ministers propose that the Green Deal will allow thousands of people across the UK to “stay warm for less”.

The FK Guide to Govt. Rental Policy and Spin

When the economy gets tough, new policies start flying out of10 Downing Street. Build on the green belt…build more houses…the Montague Report…reduce Section 106 payments…16,500 more 1st time buyers. What is going on? What are the implications? How does this …
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Still no regulation for the letting industry

We were disappointed to read that the housing minister, Grant Shapps, has once again rejected the suggestion to licence letting agents. In spite of the recent cases of rogue landlords and collapsed letting agents, Shapps considers there to be enough …
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100% compulsory licensing in Newham – the sign of things to come?

Big news today. The London borough of Newham is introducing compulsory licensing for all private sector landlords from 1st January 2013 according to reports in industry publication Letting Agent Today. Could this become part of the Oxford letting market? It …
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