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
The NLA fear London landlords will be in for a major shake-up whoever is elected. In his newly launched Housing Manifesto, Conservative Mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith outlines his plans to “move away from the amateur buy-to-let model” and “make way for a more professional approach”. You can read his Housing Manifesto here. The future’s now. … Continue reading Zac Attack!
The NLA's Head of Policy Chris Norris on the amendments to local councils' powers to licence landlords and our role in securing the change. When the outgoing Labour government granted local councils ‘general approval’ in 2010 to introduce selective licensing schemes without first having to have them rubber stamped by central government, it was difficult … Continue reading Is this the end of blanket licensing schemes?
Over the past few years there’s been sharp rise in the number of local councils that have chosen to introduce landlord licensing schemes throughout England and Wales. Often these schemes increase business costs for landlords and place unnecessary burdens on the majority of compliant landlords, without rooting out the bad. Below, Gavin Dick, the National … Continue reading Rent Risk Resolve – Part three: Have you got the licensing lowdown in your area?
Rebecca Lambert Neu, on her brief time temping in the NLA’s Policy Office… Who knew local council websites could be so frustrating? After spending a day and a half with the Policy Team at the NLA I could happily testify in a court of law to this fact. I arrived at the NLA with a … Continue reading Local council websites and the chamber of secrets