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Linda Spelman

July 2017

During the past few months there has been a very noticeable shortage of traditional ‘family’ properties. The typical two/three-bedroom estate properties, close to a school, are in very short supply and almost non-existent – reminding me of the days of 20 years ago of an overwhelming number of viewings and applications for a single property. In Truro itself, there is an abundance of one and two-bedroom apartments with tenants keen to renegotiate rentals and landlords concerned over increased void periods.

Pressure on the amount of suitable and compliant family accommodation in Cornwallis bound to increase, with many properties failing to achieve the level required next year for EPCs. The schemes of the past, whether with Warm Front or British Gas, did not have a significant effect in that some landlords updated their storage heaters and found the EPC score remained the same. Also, whilst gas may be more available in towns, it’s still often not available in villages.

 Cornwall Council is determined to improve the standard in the private rented sector and various schemes are being reviewed – its current priority is towards “educating landlords”, but no doubt in the foreseeable future this will change and the fines for non-compliance will be harsh!

On a sadder note, none could fail to be moved by the number of lives lost at Grenfell Tower and those families that survived losing their homes and belongings in such a dreadful way. Both landlords and tenants have sought reassurance in the last few weeks to ensure that everything is done to ensure safety. Concern at the advice given to evacuate buildings, or the provision of suitable equipment will be under review and no doubt guidance from the various agencies and ARLA will be updated.

Linda Spelman MARLA FNAEA MARLA (Inv)
ARLA Propertymark Regional Representative
lindaspelman@arla-reps.co.uk