Calling Time on Rogue Landlords and Agents in London

Calling Time on Rogue Landlords and Agents in London

The Rogue Landlord and Agent Checker has been launched that will allow tenants to check landlords and agents before they sign a tenancy agreement.

The checker, from the Mayor of London, lists those landlords and lettings agents who have been successfully prosecuted or have faced civil enforcement action for housing offences, along with details of the offences and the properties to which they relate.

At the moment, 10 of the 32 London councils have published data (equivalent to 25% of renters), with another 8 councils to submit data in the coming weeks.

Property Rental Prices in Great Britain: November 2017

Property Rental Prices in Great Britain: November 2017

Private Rental Prices Still Increasing in England, Scotland and Wales

  • Rental prices paid by tenants in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) increased by 1.4% in the 12 months to November 2017.

  • Rental prices for Great Britain excluding London increased by 1.8% in the 12 months to November 2017.

  • Rental prices for London increased by 0.6% in the 12 months to November 2017. This is the lowest annual increase in London since October 2010.

UK: Mayor lobbies for separate London work permits

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has spoken of plans to create a separate work permit system for London after Britain leaves the EU.

Mr Khan told Sky News this week that a group of business representatives were looking to create “a model that will ensure we can carry on recruiting and attracting talent”.

Iran: Iranian expats hard to woo as Western firms seek foothold in Iran

International firms are hunting for Western-educated Iranians to take on executive jobs in the Islamic Republic after the removal of most sanctions, but are finding it hard to win them over.

Interviews with Western companies and head-hunters as well as more than 20 Iranians living abroad showed that expatriates are waiting to see how promised reforms progress before deciding whether to go back, despite lucrative job offers.

Travelling with London Midland over the festive period

Thursday 24 December 2015 - Sunday 3 January 2016

During this time there will be some changes to train times across the network. It’s best to plan ahead if you don’t want to risk being left behind this Christmas.

Below is a guide that shows how the train timetable is affected. You can also view the changes if you download the 'Changes to Train Times' map.

Please use London Midland's Journey planner, free App on Android and IOS or visit before you travel.

In addition to the guide below please be aware that improvement works are taking place in the Stafford area, and buses will replace trains throughout this period, with changes to London – Crewe and Birmingham – Liverpool train services. Please visit for more information and details about this.

Tube turmoil: Bank Station to be partially closed for 10 months

Bank Station is to undergo an overhaul that will see parts of the station close for up to 10 months beginning this weekend.

The Bank & Monument station complex is the Tube network’s fourth busiest interchange, dealing with 98 million passengers a year, so it’s going to be a jolly commute for workers in the City, who are already exasperated with ongoing mayhem at London Bridge.

Fortunately parts of the station will remain open, and in the long term, the £57m overhaul aims to reduce congestion.

DLR staff will walk out for 48 hours from 3 November

RMT has confirmed a 48-hour strike will take place next week on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), as the union fights a series of issues affecting staff. 

Staff will walk out from 4am 3 November until the same time on 5 November.

15 Night Tube stations where 24-hour services will add a premium to the value of properties

The arrival of London's Night Tube will bring with it a price premium of as much as 10 per cent for properties close to a handful of selected stations along the route.

Homes close to Stratford, Willesden Green, Mile End and Canada Water are set to rise more than at any other station served by the Night Tube, commanding a rise in value of between five and 10 per cent higher than-than the surrounding area.

Homeowners within a half mile radius of the stations stand to benefit from the upswing in prices, according to research from and Dataloft.

Contract win to support leading soft drinks manufacturer

Celsium is delighted to announce a contract win to move a number of employees from Spain to London, for one of the largest soft drinks manufacturers in the world.

Initially, Celsium will support the transfer of the Managing Director, followed by two senior managers in September, and subsequently a number of support staff for the arm of the company manufacturing, marketing and selling products in Spain, Portugal and Andorra.

Shelley Lloyd, Celsium MD, commented, "To be selected as relocation partner for such a prestigious and famous brand is very exciting for us and we are very much looking forward to helping the employees settle into London."

Lloyd added that significant contributing factors to the win were Celsium's CSR policy and its "no nonsense" attitude: "Our client has an empathetic culture which marries perfectly with our approach to CSR; and we strive to keep our information and processes as clear and simple as we can - transparency is in everybody's best interest."

Celsium is a UK-based provider of global relocation and immigration services. If you would like to learn more about how Celsium supports organisations, please contact Shelley Lloyd at or Stuart Beaty at