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

CML Calls for Landlords to be Spared More Tax & Regulation Changes

On Thursday 22 June 2017 in an on-line article Kevin Peachey, BBC Personal Finance reporter, filed a report in which the Council for Mortgage Lenders (CML) called for landlords to be spared any new tax and regulation changes after a 'weak start' to 2017.

Queen's Speech Announces Move to Ban Lettings Fees

Brian Milligan, BBC Business Section Personal Finance reporter, writing on line on Wednesday 21 June 2017, reported that a new Tenants' Fees Bill, which will stop tenants having to pay money to agents, was announced in the Queen's Speech, a commitment originally announced by the Government in the 2016 Autumn Statement.

Letting Agents Helped Themselves to More Than £1m of Tenants' Deposits

A BBC investigation (13 February 2017) has revealed that fourteen letting agents were prosecuted in the UK in 2016 for helping themselves to more than £1m from tenants' deposits schemes.

Latest Nottingham News

Do Landlords Have a Duty to Improve Tenant Behaviour?

In the January 2017 East Midlands Edition of the Private Sector Landlord, Giles Inman of EMPO writes that EMPO (East Midlands Property Owners) believes that professional landlords have a moral duty to play a more active role in dealing with anti-social behaviour at and around the curtilage of their properties, and that landlords have the ability to ensure that anti-social behaviour does to become a feature of their tenancies. He then gives guidance on tenancy agreements and other tools that can be used to forward this aim.

Nottingham Left £8m Out Of Pocket by Inadequate Government Student Fund

A Nottingham City Council press release reports that the Council is missing out on millions of pounds in Council Tax due to the Government not compensating enough for the high numbers of students in the city.

Nottingham Crown Court Fines Nottingham Student Lettings £200,000

Nottingham Student Lettings Limited and its sole director, Robert Singh, were fined and given a suspended sentence at Nottingham Crown Court on Thursday 19 January after admitting breaching fire safety regulations relating to accommodation in Castle Gate.

Latest Neighbourhood News

Council Prosecutes Agent for Contravening Letting Board Controls

A Nottingham agent has been fined £400 and must pay £438 in costs for displaying an unauthorised letting board in Lenton where controls on letting boards are in force.

Anti-Social Behaviour: Evidence for an Alcohol Saturation Zone

The City Council's Anti-Social Behaviour team is looking at whether there is evidence for an Alcohol Saturation Zone in neighbourhoods in areas of Dunkirk & Lenton and Radford & Park wards.

Lenton's Palmer Court Independent Living Scheme Wins National Award

Nottingham City Homes and Nottingham City Council's independent living scheme built on the former Lenton high-rise flats' site, has been awarded the 'Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development' at the annual LABC Building Excellence Awards.