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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.

City of Trees

Mark Kinver, BBC News, Science & Environment, 21 January 2017 reports a project which aims to plant three million trees - one for every man, woman and child - in Greater Manchester over the next 25 years.

New Banning Orders to Stop Rogue Landlords

The Department for Communities & Local Government has announced a public consultation on plans for new banning orders to crack down on rogue landlords and property agents. The closing date for comments is Friday 10 February 2017