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Hackney: Striking a Balance Between a Night-Time Economy and Protecting Residents

Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney, in the Guardian Friday on 27 July 2018 defended Hackney Council's new licensing policy which aims to support the nightlife at the heart of the borough's vibrancy, whilst protecting residents from revellers vomiting and urinating in the borough's residential streets.

Huddersfield Property Manager Jailed After Children Die in Fire at Rented House

BBC News, Leeds & West Yorkshire reported (Wednesday 18 July 2018) that a Huddersfield Property Manager has been jailed after two children died in a fire in a house he managed in Huddersfield in February 2016

'Binmageddon' - Streets Turned into 'Dumping Grounds' When Students Depart

BBC News (Tuesday 10 July 2018) reported that residents in Birmingham, Coventry, Manchester and Leeds have complained about their streets being turned into a dumping ground by students and irresponsible landlords.

More Security Proposed for People Renting In England

BBC News (Sunday 1 July 2018) reported that Government proposals to set a minimum tenancy term of three years would give more security to people renting homes in England. A consultation on the minimum tenancy term will run until the end of August 2018. Mattha Busby, writing in the Independent on Sunday 1 July 2018 on the same subject, outlined Labour's view that, whilst welcome, the proposals are 'meaningless if landlords can still force out tenants by hiking up rents'.

Government Issues Guidance on Implementation of Extension to Mandatory HMO Licensing

Government has issues guidance to local authorities on the implementation of the extension to Mandatory HMO Licensing, which comes into force on 1 October 2018.