Another white paper – levelling up

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What does it mean for landlords?

The Government have decided again to use the levelling up white paper to add even more red tape onto landlords.

However, the Government already have current legalisation that is stuck in parliament such as the renters reform bill. This particular reform package for the private sector is set to include abolishing the section 21 notice – the end of tenancy notice. And, an introduction of lifetime deposits.

The legalisation has still not yet come through but there are various previsions within the renters reform such as;

  1. Abolishing the section 21 – The so called no fault evictions. Improving security for tenants in the private sector.
  2. Strengthening the repossession grounds for landlords under section 8 if they have a valid cause.
  3. Outlining proposals for a new life time tenancy model that is the burden on tenants when moving from one tenancy to the next.
  4. Bringing reforms forward to drive improvements in rented accommodation, including right of redress and ensuring the world targeted, affective enforcement drives out criminal landlords.
  5. Considering further reforms of the private sector enforcement so it is well targeted. This will tackle bad landlords.
  6. Exploring improvement and possible efficiencies to possession process in the courts.

The Government have also outlined this year and this will shortly become law that they now require landlords to provide a CO2 detector in all properties. Including where there is gas central heating.

What does the white paper entail for landlords?

The white paper outlines various areas that the Government want to improve such as;

  1. Poor housing quality.
  2. Over crowding.
  3. Alliance on temporary accommodation for vulnerable families.

Solution.

The Government will first build more housing in England that is generally affordable social housing and second they will launch a new drive on housing quality to ensure the homes are fit for purpose.

Further requirements will be to;

  1. Improve the quality and regulation of house.
  2. Give residents rights that they can hold their landlords to account.
  3. Landlords have to then take quick and effective action to put things right.
  4. A potential national landlord register.
  5. Ending all section 21 (no fault eviction).
  6. Renters to have a secure path to ownership.
  7. Potential rent controls – This has not been laid out within the white paper but more calls are coming from MP’s for it. Even though there are provisions already.
  8. New affordable housing and re-generations in certain areas with a drive to building affordable homes mainly in the North of the country.
  9. Targeting brownfield sites for additional housing.
  10. Improvements to the planning system to add additional homes for social housing.
  11. Getting rid of people on the streets and provide better housing for homelessness and longer term accommodation.
  12. Provide much better quality housing for tenants.
  13. Potential reintroduction of the Government selling packs that were previously ditched by the Government.
  14. Reintroducing compulsory purchase of empty properties that have been empty for more than 18 months – 2 years.

How will this affect landlords?

There are various regulations that are already in place and the Government are now looking to either improve these or enforce them. One of the big areas that will affect landlords will be the no fault section 21 evictions. This section 21 notice will in effect be completely scrapped and landlords will have to justify getting their properties. There are no details of the actual proposal so far and these no fault evictions were already mentioned within the renter reform bill.

There will be a nation landlord register and any action taken against the landlord will show on the register. This will improve the home standards so the Government feel in respect of naming and shaming landlords.

The Government are potentially going to bring forward the EPC rules regarding properties to bring the standard of rating up to a C. Rather than the current D and E rating. There will be a 2.2 billion fund through the home upgrade grant and boiler upgrade scheme. This also includes moving boilers from gas to electricity.

The Government in our opinion want to turn the housing market for landlord lead to tenant lead. How this will affect landlords in future will only become apparent when the detail the Government have yet to supply is given through the white paper. We will keep you advised throughout the whole process. But, as set out above there are various areas that they are already starting to target. All of the proposals at this moment in time are all for the future and there is nothing apart from the installation of a CO2 detector that landlords need to be concerned about now.

How will this affect the planning system?

There has been strong commitments made to overhaul the planning system but unfortunately within the paper there was a startling absence of detail. A policy vacuum continues to create uncertainty, impacting the progress of local plans and delivering new homes in particular.

The development industry has long been pushing for principal of development to be established through the local plan process. This will involve each local planning authority creating growth areas in their local plans, within which any site would automatically be granted outline planning permission for principal development following the plans.

Unfortunately, the Government has apparently told MP’s that they will not be bringing forward the planning bill. They have decided not to produce with this major separate piece of planning legalisation to put reforms into the law. Instead more limited change to planning rules will be incorporated as part of the levelling up and regeneration bill.

How this will affect landlord who are looking to do development on their properties no-one will know until such time as the bill has been fully put into place.

What is clear though, about white paper levelling up, is that housing will dominate the agenda. 120 Million for Mayoral combined authorise will allow for a delivery of 7800 homes in the North and Midlands. These will mainly be on brandfield lands. In additional, 12 billion has been ring fenced for affordable housing and an additional 2.6 billion from the shared property prosperity fund, which aims to decrease prosperity between communities.

There will also be extensive reforms to social housing, presumably through the 11.5 billion affordable housing programme, with social housing regulation bill being introduced as part of the white paper levelling up agenda.

Looking to the future.

The Government which has been criticized until now for not defining what levelling up actually means, has released a comprehensive programme for change. The scope for improvement for both housing and communities is more widely accepted. Whilst many are not quite sure what levelling up entails in detail as it has not yet been outlined by the Government. Many people believe that whilst the money has been promised isn’t actually news. Only time will tell.

Requirements

There are further requirements that landlords will need to deal with in future and we will keep you updated.

Do you have a property near the University of Brighton or the University of Sussex? Do you have any form of student accommodation? We are in desperate need of more accommodation and we would be more than happy to do a valuation for you. Anything from the Hove seafront to the Moulsecoomb campus that includes some form of student living then we are experts in this. Please therefore do not hesitate to contact us on 01273 724000 or viewings@harringtonslettings.co.uk

We also are in need of residential accommodation. Harringtons have been within the Brighton and Hove for in excess of 29 years and are in need of more accommodation. We have waiting tenants all the times and are recommended on a regular basis. If you have a property that you are considering renting then please don’t hesitate to contact us in this regard.

Do you know what your property is currently worth?

Property prices are forever changing within the market and we can advise you on what your current rental is worth. To include what it would be if it were to come on the open market now. Again, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01273 724000 or viewings@harringtonslettings.co.uk

iInsure 365

Have you been introduced to our sister company iInsure 365 who deal with all types of insurance? You wont have to worry about filing out a long lengthy forms to find cheap landlord insurance. With iInsure 365 you can speak to one of the team and they will find you a quote through their panel of provider. They deal with all types of level of cover and have various different insurer who can offer quotes for you. There are legal requirements for landlords and it is important that you have the right insurance company to deal with your insurance cover.

A landlord may have one or more properties in the United Kingdom that they rent out. It is important for landlords to spend time looking for the right insurance. Make sure you find an insurance policy specifically designed for landlords. They can ensure properties from all over the United Kingdom for you.

Landlords often believe that a new home policy will suffice. This is not the case and they will then make a claim which virtually all insurers will turn down. Standard home insurance policy mostly cover homeowners or property owners, not landlords. If you stick with your normal house insurance policy you can find yourself with no cover at all.

Landlords building insurance

Landlord building insurance is specifically tailored for landlords and their requirements. iInsure 365 will insure what you need for your policy.

Are you aware of the growing risk of underinsurance?

In the words of the financial conduct authority “there is already an alarming degree of underinsurance”. With both the UK businesses and consumers creating issues throughout each of the property sectors.

It is the responsibility of landlords to ensure they take out sufficient levels for cover for the insured risk of having insurance.

If they fail to take out sufficient level of cover this can have devastating consequences for you. It can result in significant reductions to any insurance pay outs and potentially in the worst case scenario, it may void the policy. Resulting in no pay out at all.

A practical example is as follows;

If the rebuild cost of your premises is £200,000 but the property is only insured for £100,000 then you are underinsured by 50%. Every insurance company will have an average clause in the policy which is standard and therefore it reduces the sum insured by leaving the policy holder with 50% of an insurance pay out of just £50,000.

We understand from iInsure that they recently had one of their clients check their rebuild costs. iInsure have an ability to be able to check a policy for the correct sum insured for only £160.00. Substantially more than what most surveyors charge.

The client was insured for £630,000. Once the report was carried out it stated that it should have been £856,000. There was an underinsurance of £226,000 which would have been taken off any claim.

They can provide you with a RICKS certified up to date revaluation. Ensuring that your property is correctly insured for the right amount. The cost is minimal compared to what the situation would be if you weren’t paid out to the correct amount.

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Cat Westmacott
Cat Westmacott
17:57 10 Jun 24
Generally helpful for Lettings. As with any company, sometimes need a push for a response, but often easier to speak on the phone than email. Feeling hopeful for the next year’s contract with Harringtons🤞.
Kirsty Turner
Kirsty Turner
20:50 04 Jun 24
Great experience. Everyone is so lovely and helpful over the phone at Harringtons! The best experience we have had with a letting agent in Brighton, none of the other agents in Brighton have been bothered to keep in touch and help us find a property as much as these guys. A special shoutout to the lovely lady who showed me around the flat (Georgie I believe -sorry if I got that wrong), great at answering all my questions and been very lucky in securing the first property we viewed with her (an amazing spacious flat that has everything we need - including nice storage space for our paddleboards!) Looking forward to moving into our seaside home. Thank you!
Shadan B
Shadan B
23:31 30 May 24
Great experience, very helpful staff and friendly. I wish you all the success. Thanks for your care. 💐😊
Rachel Roberts
Rachel Roberts
21:13 30 May 24
Best experience I've had with a letting agent!
Charley Besant
Charley Besant
10:25 30 May 24
So far the process with Harringtons has been amazing. We viewed 3 properties with Georgie and each time she was so informative and kind, she gave us the time we needed in each property to look around, take videos and ask questions about everything. The whole process has been easy so far and I can now happily say we found our property thanks to Georgie and the team at Harringtons.
Ainhoa Negro
Ainhoa Negro
09:15 30 May 24
Georgie at Harringtons Lettings in Brighton has been exceptional throughout my rental process. From the very beginning, her professionalism and friendliness stood out. She provided clear and prompt communication, ensuring all my questions were answered thoroughly. Georgie made the entire experience seamless, from viewing properties to finalizing the paperwork. Her attention to detail and genuine care for my needs made me feel confident and supported. I highly recommend Georgie and Harringtons Lettings to anyone looking for a top-notch rental experience in Brighton.
PRBL1
PRBL1
09:11 30 May 24
Joel Starcross
Joel Starcross
15:22 29 May 24
Beth has been an excellent agent, great communicator and enthusiastic member of the team. Highly recommended!
Jess Pond
Jess Pond
13:16 29 May 24
Had an absolutely awful experience with this company. Told me one thing on the phone and then told me another thing on email. Very mixed messages. Left 7 students homeless by putting the house back on the market with only 24 hour notice. Will never use them again. AVOID!
Roisin Lilley
Roisin Lilley
11:42 24 May 24
I recently had some problems with my previous agent and came to Beth for help! She took over the correspondence for me and sorted everything out for me! I can’t thank her enough for her patience and help!! I’d highly recommend her to other landlords that need help!
Chris Lilley
Chris Lilley
11:26 24 May 24
I’ve been a tenant with Harringtons Lettings for a while, they are great, they always sort out any issues I have quickly and efficiently, Beth in particular is really helpful and I’ll be going to her for my next rental property when I look to move in September!
Georgina Palzeaird
Georgina Palzeaird
11:21 24 May 24
Beth Roberts was a huge help when I needed to switch to a new letting agency. She was friendly and efficient and I’ve always felt I’m in safe hands.
Eliya Halim
Eliya Halim
10:26 24 May 24
Top service
Maryana Atiya
Maryana Atiya
10:20 24 May 24
Rees Harper
Rees Harper
17:53 21 May 24
Lauryn Keller
Lauryn Keller
15:20 03 May 24
Georgie was great on our viewing - super lovely, informative and honest. Thank you!
Sammi Richmond
Sammi Richmond
09:16 24 Apr 24
Well, they just contacted me via email asking for a review for money... so here, I guess.Does 3 stars get me that tenner? Probably not. Nothing terrible to say, but never had any issues with the property really. Don't enjoy that they were willing to pay for reviews though, seems sketchy.UPDATE: As the business has finally replied to my review 6 years later, I thought I would mention that I indeed have the email still as proof. Offer of £10 for a review, and to mention Rachel Erridge in the review. Also a prize of £200 to one lucky winner. The email was sent from the Harrington's admin email address. I can email the proof to whoever requests it.
Jayden Charles-Frempong
Jayden Charles-Frempong
01:20 18 Apr 24
Every interaction I've had so far with Harrington has been positive with workers responding to calls very quickly and addressing any queries efficiently.
severin severinov
severin severinov
10:05 11 Apr 24
It is very good that they do their job professionally and take care of the customers.
kate quick
kate quick
13:15 09 Apr 24
I am very happy and extremely grateful to have found Harringtons lettings and the beautiful flat that I am now living in. Not only is the flat perfect for me, ticks all the boxes and is in a great location; the whole communication/admin process was so fast and efficient. I spoke to many of the team, but the two main contacts initially were Georgie and Beth. Great personalities, friendly and fast at replying to emails and phone calls. It was all turned around very quickly and everyone at Harringtons seems to appear to really be happy in their jobs. Great letting agent and I would recommend them to others looking for a new home.
Michael Hollamby
Michael Hollamby
12:32 09 Apr 24
Having worked with many many lettings it has been refreshing to deal with such a dynamic and energetic team. From start to finish the team have outstanding. Special mention to Beth who has been fantastic. I can thoroughly recommend using Harringtons.
Celyn James
Celyn James
17:08 27 Mar 24
Great experience, Georgie was so knowledgeable and kind with any enquiries I had. Really put me at ease while house hunting, amazing service thank you so much!!
Madison Harris
Madison Harris
14:29 27 Mar 24
Georgie was so helpful and really kind very appreciative x
Amber-Rose Cook
Amber-Rose Cook
08:58 22 Mar 24
easy to use and navigate as a first time user
Buffy Vaughn
Buffy Vaughn
18:06 21 Mar 24
Harringtons have been so helpful so far. Everyone we’ve spoken to on the phone including Georgie have been so warm and receptive and easy to communicate with. As a couple renting together for first time me & Danny couldn’t have found better people to help us out, they’re clear and concise. We discovered them through Rightmove and would highly recommend anyone to use their services to rent with.Thanks guys!Buffy & Danny
Sajan Raja
Sajan Raja
01:48 21 Mar 24
Kerryn Johnson
Kerryn Johnson
16:58 18 Mar 24
Georgie was absolutely amazing! Very helpful, easy to talk to and all in all an absolute sweetheart. Made the process of renting and finding a property less stressful. Always happy to help and lovely to chat to!Thank you again for everything!
Julia Reinstein
Julia Reinstein
11:22 18 Mar 24
5/5 - Everyone I’ve spoken to on the phone has been so friendly and patient with our move in documents. We found Harringtons through Rightmove, and have been really happy with our interactions. The team respond to queries efficiently and are happy to answer any and all questions.
Andrew Brown
Andrew Brown
07:09 15 Mar 24
A really excellent agency, who are very easy and friendly to deal with. Highly recommended.
Rob Rainbird
Rob Rainbird
18:04 13 Mar 24
Lovely staff and all round positive experience - Georgie is an absolute diamond and a credit to the team!
Tori Tor
Tori Tor
11:15 08 Mar 24
Harringtons have been really helpful and very swift with their responses. Georgie was very proffesional and really friendly when she did the viewings with me and Beth on the phone was again really helpful and gave me hope when I was explaining my eagerness to find somewhere new to live. Thanks Harringtons!
christos papanicolaou
christos papanicolaou
09:33 07 Mar 24
Staff were brilliant. Very helpful
Yasmin Bright
Yasmin Bright
20:54 01 Mar 24
I'm in a difficult situation at the moment with my landlord wanting to sell the flat that myself and my 3 children have been living in for 7 years. I came across Harringtons Viewings by applying to view some properties outside of my area.Unfortunately I haven't been able to sort anything with Harringtons, however I wanted to write this to say that they have been nothing but kind, warm and very understanding of my situation. I've been really impressed by their customer service (namely Georgie & Beth) and hope that they are able to find me something eventually!Thanks so much.Yasmin
Tegan
Tegan
17:30 22 Feb 24
Have been very accommodating and helpful when calling agents. They have been very helpful in being able to secure a house for students.
TheFlyingCrocodile
TheFlyingCrocodile
16:42 21 Feb 24
Went above and beyond to get things sorted for me
Brittany Stace
Brittany Stace
11:18 24 Jan 24
Harringtons have been incredibly helpful and supportive of us as new renters and they have been super efficient in getting all of the documents sent through and signed in such a short period of time. Thank you!
Georgie Prebble
Georgie Prebble
20:36 05 Jan 24
Jade Innes
Jade Innes
10:24 04 Jan 24
So far the service has been good. The staff are very friendly and quick to respond to any questions and requests.
Polly Smith
Polly Smith
11:17 28 Dec 23
we chose this letting agents as they chose a good bills company that is much cheaper than other agents. When viewing houses the staff were very friendly and have been very helpful in answering our questions and making the process as easy as possible.
Emma Howe
Emma Howe
16:06 14 Nov 23
I would rate Harringtons Lettings a 5/5. Very lovely on the phone and very quick and easy to communicate with via email. Any problems have been resolved in no time at all. So far so good!I found Harringtons via Rightmove.
Akwisitions Feedback
Akwisitions Feedback
16:25 30 Oct 23
Very responsive and super helpful throughout the process. Highly recommended!
Chloe Ballard
Chloe Ballard
17:28 02 Oct 23
Although I have only been renting with Harringtons for a short period of time, I have had nothing but a positive experience. From viewing to admin updates. The admin team especially are very polite and quick to respond and I have no doubt that the rest of my tenancy will run smoothly. I would recommend to anyone considering renting in brighton.
Matthew Ball
Matthew Ball
11:46 19 Sep 23
Professional communication with tenant although entirely impersonal. There was a bigger disconnect in their communication with the landlord in most cases, which seemed to be either slow or non-existent (discovered after contacting the landlord directly).Property was full of spider webs on day 1 despite apparently being professionally cleaned. Took a day off of work to clean it on move out day, leaving it cleaner than when it received but still had to pay part of the deposit for professional cleaning.It has been a while since I have rented, but I'll avoid letting agencies completely now if this is anything close to the average renting experience.
Ronan SK
Ronan SK
12:38 12 Sep 23
Great professionalism/communciation from the start up until the end of my tenancy. Definitely set the standards for what agencies should be like. Highly recommend to those within Brighton.
Daniel Sutton
Daniel Sutton
10:29 24 Aug 23
I have rented with Harringtons Lettings before and have always found the agents to be quick, efficient, friendly and helpful. I loved their service so much I have chosen to rent with Harringtons again. Faultless 😊
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