How Fire Safety Standards are currently Set, Implemented, and Enforced in Residential Accommodation: The aftermath of Grenfell Tower

This report sets out how fire safety standards are set, implemented (i.e. complied with) and enforced in mainstream residential accommodation across all tenures, with a particular focus on the private rented sector. There are various legislative codes applicable, depending on the type of property, but only one, the provisions of Part 1 of the Housing Act 2004 in combination with the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) is universal. This report demonstrates the overlaps and gaps but, above all, the sheer complexity surrounding both the legislative codes and the guidance. There is then the issue of local guidance...

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Young tenants being hit by tax hike on Landlords

One in five private landlords are now less willing to rent to young people as a result of tax increases being imposed according to new research published today. With half of 16 to 34 year olds now living in the private rented sector, the Residential Landlords Association is warning that young tenants will be hit hardest by the changes as landlords consider moving out of the long term rental market. Since April this year mortgage interest relief for landlords is being phased out to the basic rate of income tax only and landlords are being taxed on their turnover...

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