What can we expect from the new housing secretary?

September’s cabinet shake-up saw a changing of the guard at the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). Robert Jenrick is out, and Michael Gove is in. 

Along with a new boss, the department has also got a snappy new name, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC). But what might Michael Gove bring to his new role, and what challenges will he need to get to grips with? 

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Has Covid permanently changed the private rented sector?

A new report from Shawbrook Bank has attempted to sum up the current state of the private rented sector and where it might be headed. The research involved detailed analysis of information from government departments and the Office for National Statistics (ONS), a survey of 1,000 private landlords and 1,000 tenants, and interviews with specialist property finance brokers.

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Rental demand hits a five-year high

Recent research from the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) has suggested that tenant demand for rental properties in England and Wales is the highest it's been for five years.

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