Mark Twain attributes the following to Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli: "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." Politicians across the world have followed this maxim - with particular use of obfuscation and statistical manipulation - as often as possible and arguably making it into an art form. There have been many examples through time … Continue reading Lies, Statistics, and Local Authorities
She wanted a tenancy renewal, she got a statutory periodic – there’s no reason she can’t stay put as long as she fulfils her part of the bargain, but there’s no guarantees. It’s a stretch of a PRS analogy, but a fairly illustrative one given the gambit Mrs May relied upon, and the outcome that … Continue reading Election 2017: The Irony of May!
They say a week is a long time in politics so the fortnight since our last lobbying update must seem like an eternity to some. For us however, it often seems there aren't enough hours in the day as the Government continues to implement numerous policies which affect landlords at breakneck speed with, in some … Continue reading Lobbying Update: A fortnight in the life…
Writing this just minutes after the Prime Ministers speech to the party faithful (and commercial lobbyists with more money than sense) ending the party conference, landlords should be wary of a distinct change in tone, certainly in regards to housing policy. Listening to her speech, and reading in between the lines, the Prime Minister mentions … Continue reading New Housing White Paper announced – could a May led Conservative Government be more interventionist in the PRS?
Handed down to the UK through the catchy-named European Union Directive 2002/91/EC, Energy Performance Certificates have been the cause of many a headache for landlords since their introduction through the infamous Home Information Packs in 2007. In 2012 we saw the tightening on regulations mandating EPCs for the private rented sector, and just last year … Continue reading Is this the end of the EPC?