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EMPO Messenger (April 15)

Article by Giles Inman on Apr 24, 2015 View in browser

EMPO Messenger (April 15)

A round up of all the latest news including new members, information about EXPO 2015 and a summary of legislative changes in the private rental sector...

The EMPO Landlord EXPO- Friday 8th May 2015

The East Midlands Landlord & Letting Agent Expo is just over two weeks away. We look forward to meeting up with EMPO members for a chat and coffee in the EMPO lounge.

To help plan your day click HERE to view the seminar timetable. Remember if you would like to book a ticket for the Property Investors Networking Lunch Event please click HERE. Remember to say when booking your ticket that you are an EMPO member to secure your EMPO discount.

New EMPO Members


Mr Cusick, Miss Gretton, Mr Helier, Mr & Mrs Brewer, Mr Cripps, Spring Property Services, Mr Narroya, Miss Knight

Private Rental Sector - Summary of legislative changes

On the 2nd April 2015 we sent EMPO members some important legislative changes impacting the Private Rented Sector.

These changes relate to the following areas:

  • Letting Agent Transparency
  • Selective Licensing
  • Smoke and CO Alarms
  • Retaliatory Eviction
  • Tenant Deposit Protection

If you would like some further information about any of the above please contact Giles at the EMPO office.

BBC 1 PANORAMA- Explores The Great Housing Benefit Scandal

PanoramaApparently, nine billion pounds of taxpayers' money goes to private landlords every year in housing benefit.

And the Institute for Public Policy Research estimates that at least £3bn of that money is spent on poor quality accommodation annually.

In its program BBC Panorama claims some private landlords are getting rich at the expense of the taxpayer while, in some areas, 70% of privately rented homes don't meet the government's decent homes standard.

To watch the program click HERE

HM CourtsUpper Tribunal comments on councils setting space standards for rooms in HMOs

A recent Residential Property Tribunal hearing has ruled in favour of a Manchester HMO Landlord who was challenging the Council decision to disallow a bedroom due to size. Interesting stuff, perhaps this might encourage more landlords to challenge the 8sqm rule adopted by some Councils. Click HERE to read more.

Blow For Landlords As Protection For Tenants Given Legal Backing

Please click HERE to view Nottingham Labours response to EMPO's legal challenge.

Nottingham Labour have also announced that they will create a city-wide licensing scheme for all private rented accommodation in the City after May 2015

Protection for Tenants