Lower-income households invited to apply for free energy efficiency improvements to their homes

Lower-income householders across Devon can benefit from free energy efficiency improvements to their home worth thousands of pounds.

Devon County Council has formed a partnership with other councils in the region to offer homeowners and tenants the chance to save on energy bills and lower the emissions of their property.

More than 40 per cent per cent of Devon’s carbon...

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Tenants at Plymouth and Exeter Science Parks recognised in Tech South West Awards shortlist

Companies at Plymouth and Exeter Science Park have been shortlisted for the annual Tech South West Awards .

Nearly 200 entries were received for the prestigious event, which showcases the best innovation and talent across the region’s tech sector.

Plymouth Science Park tenant Pixalytics is shortlisted for the Clean Tech and Future Tech Awards. Pixalytics is an independent...

Trading Standards urges renters not to be caught out by banned tenancy fees

Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service has launched a new campaign to help prevent renters in the region being caught out by fees that have now been banned.

The law on what landlords and letting agents can charge tenants when beginning, ending or changing their contracts has changed.

It means renters can no longer be asked to pay extra for things like...

British Gas heat pump project to reduce energy bills for East Devon Council Tenants

British Gas is working with East Devon District Council on an ambitious heat pump installation project, to reduce energy bills for residents and deliver a significant reduction in carbon emissions.

Between now and the end of March, 78 houses and bungalows in Lyme Regis, Exeter and Axminister will have their solid fuel heating and immersion systems replaced with low carbon alternatives...

Crackdown on harassment and illegal eviction of tenants

Rogue landlords who harass or illegally evict tenants are the subject of a new crackdown in Plymouth.

Plymouth City Council is working in partnership with PATH (Plymouth Access to Housing) who have appointed a dedicated Tenancy Relations Officer to tackle these issues. The project involves the investigation of allegations of illegal eviction and harassment by landlords, and will see...

Tenants sublet behind landlords' backs

Almost half of tenants who sublet their property do so without their landlord’s consent, according to new findings from the National Landlords Association (NLA).

The findings come as the government recently announced proposals to introduce minimum room sizes in order to crack down on problems with private rented accommodation such as unauthorised subletting, which often results in...

Political posturing failing tenants

TENANTS in Plymouth are being let down by proposals from political parties designed to please their supporters but which will do nothing to root out criminal landlords.

According to the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) proposals such as from Labour and the Green Party to introduce more regulation of the sector sound good and simple, but would do nothing to help tenants in...

Home sweet home – upping the standards of living

More than 20 per cent of Plymouth residents rent their home from landlords in the private sector but it is estimated that 26 per cent of these properties have significant risks to the health and safety of the occupiers.

Measures are therefore being put in place to ensure everyone has an acceptable standard of living.

Plymouth City Council’s housing officers are working with...

True scale of ‘revenge evictions’ in the South West exposed by Shelter investigation

Thousands of renters in the South West are too scared of being evicted to ask their private landlord to fix a problem in their home, according to Shelter research released today.

A YouGov poll of more than 4,500 private renters across the country found that 1 in 12 renters (8%) in the South West avoided asking their landlord to repair a problem or improve conditions in the last year...

South West tenants get worst value for money

Tenants in the South West of England feel they get the worst value for money from their rent than in other parts of the UK, according to a recent poll by the UK Association of Letting Agents (UKALA).

Just over half (57%) of tenants in the region rated their rent as ‘good’ or ‘very good’ when asked their opinion on whether it represented value for money. However, a third (33%) perceived...