Ban on tenant fees, including admin and agency fees: Tenant Fees Act (2019)

The Tenant Fees Act will come into force on 1st June 2019. From 1st June, all tenant payments will be banned by default unless the Act specifically permits them. . Summary : tenancy deposits limited to 5 weeks’ rent holding deposits limited to 1 week’s rent landlords Face fines of £5,000 for first offence (civil) to £30,000 for second offence (criminal) What’s in the Act? […]

The importance of treating housing costs as priority debts. Effective debt advice prevents homelessness.

By Alan Murdie It is over 10 years since Nucleus took the decision to specialise in debt advice, ahead of financial crisis of 2008 (then known as the ‘credit crunch’). Traditionally, housing was one of the key areas of the work for Nucleus, and over this last decade we have seen it evolve into an […]

Universal Credit is coming…..

Universal Credit (UC) is gradually being rolled out nationally and will be in full service soon. This means that all new claimants will have to claim UC rather than the legacy benefits of ESA, JSA and housing benefit. If a claimant is living in supported housing or in temporary housing (effective from April 2018) housing […]

New Regulations To Help Tackling Overcrowding (…but for HMOs only!)

vercrowding  in England Levels of overcrowding in London are more than twice as high as the rest of England for every tenure ( but it’s worst for tenants). In England:  1% of owner occupier households are over crowded, 3 % of private tenants are living in overcrowded  housing and in Social housing 4% are living […]