Welcome to the NAG's 'News Desk'. Here you will find:

NATIONAL ... news on a range of topics from around the country (and sometimes from overseas) such as planning, housing and communities, most of which have bearing on HMOs and the issues affecting our neighbourhoods.

NOTTINGHAM ... news, again on a similar range of topics, most often relating to HMOs, but this time from the City of Nottingham and its neighbouring boroughs.

NEIGHBOURHOOD ... news, which is very much about what is happening locally in the streets and neighbourhoods where NAG members live.

Latest National News

The Future of Universities in 2018

An article by Sean Coughlan, BBC Education Correspondent (Monday 1 January 2018) highlights the challenges facing universities in 2018

New Measures Under Consideration Target Rogue Landlords

Government and Labour are considering new measures, including changes to mandatory HMO licensing (government) and tenancy length (Labour) specifically targeting rogue landlords. BBC News Thursday 28 December 2017. Also, comments on the proposed legislation from the National HMO Lobby and link to responses to the Government consultation.

First-Time Buyers Encouraged into Buy-to-Let

Sam Meadows, writing in the Telegraph on 13 December 2017, reported that Barclays Bank has become the latest major lender to allow first-time buyers to borrow money to buy a property to let rather than to live in.

Latest Nottingham News

Government Gives the Green Light to Nottingham's New Private Rented Sector Housing Licensing Scheme

A press release from Nottingham City Council (Tuesday 13 February 2018) has confirmed that Government has given approval for the city to go ahead with a new private rented sector housing licensing scheme which will give tenants in the private rented sector better quality accommodation and greater protection from rogue landlords.

Nottingham Student Vets Win £5000 to Carry on Work with Homeless People's Pets

David Pittam (Nottingham Post Friday 9 February 2018) reported that students from Nottingham University's Veterinary School have received a £5000 grant to help with their project to provide health checks, vaccinations and treatment to the pets of homeless people in Nottingham.

Proposals to Introduce Selective Licensing Submitted to Government

On 15 January 2018, Nottingham City Council posted news that the proposal to introduce a new licensing scheme for privately rented homes in Nottingham has been formally submitted to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

Latest Neighbourhood News

Government Gives Green Light for Council to Continue Fighting Letting Board Plague

In the summer of 2017, Nottingham City Council applied to Government for permission to continue operating controls over letting boards in designated parts of the city. This permission has now been given and will be in place for the next five years, so preventing a return to 'Nottingham's Forest of Letting Boards'

Developer Loses Appeal to Build Student Accommodation on Red Cross Site, Lenton

When Nottingham City Council rejected an application to build student accommodation on the former Red Cross site, the developer appealed to the Planning Inspectorate. The Inspectorate has rejected the appeal.

Arboretum Residents' Lives Affected by Student House Parties

Hannah Mitchell, writing in the Nottingham Post (Friday 3 November 2017) reported the Arboretum Residents and Tenants' Association has complained about house parties and their effect on the lives of local families.