Clearview National February 2018 - Issue 195 - Page 8

PROUD SPONSOR OF INDUSTRY NEWS INDUSTRYNEWS Renters in the dark over rights Research among more than 2,000 UK adults by LetBritain has revealed that millions of tenants and landlords across the country are unaware of the laws governing the rental sector. » » IT FOUND: • 37% of UK tenants and 16% of landlords do not know that renters must be given at least two months’ notice if a landlord wishes to evict them. • A third of all people in rented accommodation – 34%, or 5.8 million people – do not realise they have the right for their deposits to be placed in a Tenancy Deposit Protection scheme • 12% of UK landlords were also unaware of this rule. • Even more renters (43%, or 7.4 million) and landlords (19%) have no idea that tenants can challenge any excessive charges made by a landlord via an ombudsman. • More than a quarter (28%) of tenants did not know a landlord should provide 24 hours’ notice before entering their property. • 34% were unaware that a landlord must provide an Energy Performance Certificate. • Exactly half of renters (8.6 million people) are uninformed that the rent charged by a landlord should be comparable to similar properties in the area or can be challenged. • 27% of landlords are also clueless about this fact. A huge number of tenants and landlords across the UK are in the dark when it comes to the rules and regulations governing the country’s rental market, new research by virtual online letting agent LetBritain has found. The research comes as figures show that 29% of UK renters lose their deposits every year, at an average of £825 each. Furthermore, the number of privately rented households is due to grow from the current 5.4 million to 7.2 million by 2021. Fareed Nabir, CEO of LetBritain, said: “It is clear that a huge proportion of UK renters – a population growing in size – do not truly understand the legislation and regulation in place to protect them. Likewise, a concerning number of landlords are also in the dark about their rights and responsibilities. Such a lack of awareness means the risk of renters and landlords being exploited. It must be addressed, and lettings agents certainly have a duty to better inform all their customers about the vital legislative framework governing the rental sector.” HOMEBUILDING SHOW PLANS EXPANSION » » THE NATIONAL HOMEBUILDING & Renovating Show returns to the NEC, Birmingham, from 22-25 March, 2018. Over four packed days, visitors will benefit from more than 500 exhibitors and 16 free daily seminars and masterclasses in the extended venue. The show comes after the National Custom & Self Build Association revealed that 33,000 people have signed up to the Right to Build register since October 2017. The NEC event is a marketplace for all the latest products and services provided by specialist companies in industries ranging from kitchens, bathrooms, doors and windows, heating, energy efficiency, architecture, design, financial services, planning permission and more. Real case studies will be at the show to discuss the dilemmas they faced during their self-build/ renovation experience, helping visitors with similar problems. On site, visitors will be able to book bespoke consultations with celebrity experts who present their favourite TV property programmes. These include Charlie Luxton, sustainable architectural designer and presenter of Channel 4’s ‘Best Laid 8 » F EB 2018 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M Plans’, and Julia Kendell, interior design expert for BBC’s ‘DIY SOS The Build’ and ITV’s ’60 Minute Makeover.’ There will also be an Advice Centre, the return of the Ask the Builder zone, where visitors will be given tips on locating approved construction workers from members of the Federation of Master Builders, and an Ask the Architect area. For objective tailored advice, the Ask the Expert zone will provide 15-minute consultations via interactive sessions with some of the UK’s leading property specialists. Oakwrights Design Consultation and The Potton Lounge will also be offering free consultations. They will help visitors envisage, create and deliver their own tailored new home from scratch. Attendees who are interested in these consultations can pre-book an appointment on the event’s website. The show app is also available for download on Android and iPhone. At the last count in January, the National Homebuilding & Renovating Show had witnessed 85 per cent of its stand capacity being snapped up by exhibitors. According to a consumer survey, 87 per cent of visitors made purchases or were considering doing so following their attendance at the event, while 80 per cent of people had or were likely to request a quote from an exhibitor. The event delivered a total of over 102,000 visitors in 2017, marking a nine per cent year on year increase for the exhibitions. The Homebuilding & Renovating Show’s portfolio consists of seven shows this year, covering key venues including Birmingham, London, Harrogate, Glasgow, Surrey, Somerset, Edinburgh, and their nearby affluent areas. In addition to these locations, the event organisers are planning the brand’s expansion by launching another exhibition at Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre in January 2019. Visit www.homebuildingshow.co.uk