Just been up to Cambridge doing a session for the council there on the Deregulation Act changes and the numerous bits of impending legislation currently battering the private rental sector.
Housing advisers really need to know this stuff right now as it is hot news and bloody complicated.
We looked at the incoming fiasco of the right to rent, coming in on the 1st of February 2016 and pondered as a group on how it might affect renting in Cambridge, which upon a casual walk from the station to the council’s office it was evident that half the students running you down on bicycles were from abroad.
How will landlords react to the new legislation, given that most of them I talk to, which is a lot, state they just wont rent to anyone from abroad lest they get it wrong and get fined or even imprisoned?
We even considered the idea of starting a lettings agency staffed by experts on immigration checking and charging landlords for doing the work.
Who said local authority staff aren’t entrepreneurial?
Its little ideas like that which can catch fire. Look at ‘Now Medical’. I wish I had put two and two together years ago with that one. I’d be sunning myself on a yacht right now.
Of great interest to the delegates on the day were the 10 different ways that a section 21 notice can be invalid. God’s gift to homelessness prevention.
If you want to bring your team up to speed with all of this try this course, which I am about to do for another three local authorities.