Articles by Chris Norris

Base Rate Hike: Time for landlords to fight or take flight?

This week the Bank of England announced an interest rate increase from 1.25 to 1.75 per cent, the biggest single hike for 27 years. Here, NRLA Policy and Campaigns Director Chris Norris explores what the impact of the rise could be for landlords and the private rented sector.

Insights and Opinions Chris Norris 05/08/2022
Base Rate Hike: Time for landlords to fight or take flight?

Supreme Court to Consider Rent-to-Rent

The NRLA has applied to intervene in the Rakusen v Jepsen Supreme Court appeal. This does not mean that we are directly supporting either litigant or have become party to the case. Rather that we believe that the outcome of the case may affect other landlords whose interests should be heard and whom we wish to represent.

Industry News Chris Norris 22/06/2022
Supreme Court to Consider Rent-to-Rent

Reclaiming 'decency' for private landlords

The existing Decent Homes Standard was written two decades ago for a different sector, facing different challenges, with a lengthy implementation plan. In order to meet issues head on we need a revised standard, designed for all rented homes, and an appropriate timetable. Our proposals take the best from existing regulations and make it easier for landlords and tenants to apply them.

Whitepapers Chris Norris 24/05/2022
Reclaiming 'decency' for private landlords

NRLA in talks with Number 10

NRLA policy director Chris Norris writes about a recent visit to Downing Street for talks with Number 10 housing advisers.

Industry News Chris Norris 20/05/2022
NRLA in talks with Number 10

Energy Efficiency: Time is Running Out

It is highly likely that a new stricter target will be set in the very near future for the PRS. It was expected last October, and then in March of this year (2022) but has not materialised.

Industry News Chris Norris 31/03/2022
Energy Efficiency: Time is Running Out

The Building Safety Bill - an update

Without a change of course, private landlords will be left with bills they cannot afford and work to remove dangerous cladding risks being slowed down completely.

Industry News Chris Norris 15/02/2022
The Building Safety Bill - an update

Blog: Improvements to Universal Credit Arrears Payments Expected

The NRLA has learned that DWP is to introduce a new procedure in the next few weeks, expected to be rolled-out during February 2022, which will dramatically speed up arrears payments to private landlords.

Industry News Chris Norris 20/01/2022
Blog: Improvements to Universal Credit Arrears Payments Expected

Blog: Landlords Needed for Building Safety Bill

We need NRLA members with experience of ownership and letting units in mid or high-rise properties to volunteer to share their knowledge and understanding of the challenges facing similar landlords.

Industry News Chris Norris 22/12/2021
Blog: Landlords Needed for Building Safety Bill

Blog: Minister writes to English landlords about 'Winter Plan'

Housing minister Christopher Pincher MP has written an open letter to all landlords in England this December to explain the measures contained in the Autumn and Winter Plan (2021) to tackle rising cases of Covid-19.

Insights and Opinions Chris Norris 17/12/2021
Blog: Minister writes to English landlords about 'Winter Plan'

Blog: Energy efficiency & VAT - the case for zero rating

Retrofit is arguably the greener option for reaching net zero. Why then is the practice of "demolish and rebuild" encouraged by the tax system? The answer, or at least one of them, appears to be VAT. We make the case for zero rating VAT on energy efficiency measures.

Insights and Opinions Chris Norris 29/11/2021
Blog: Energy efficiency & VAT - the case for zero rating