It is difficult to write something that isn’t immediately outdated, due to how quickly politics is moving, but what we do know so far is that the Department of Levelling Up, Housing, and Communities will undergo a significant staff turnover. 
What does this mean, though, for the government’s recently released white paper? A Fairer Private Sector, which detailed plans for rental reform. 
Michael Gove, the secretary of housing, has been fired; replacing Chris Pincher is Stuart Andrew, the housing minister, who resigned in protest of the integrity of the Prime Minister five months after being appointed. 
 
He is the 11th minister to vacate the position in the past ten years. Since then, Marcus Jones, an MP for Nuneaton, Arley, and Hartshill, has been named as his replacement. 
 
The Department for Levelling Up, Housing, and Communities has also lost Lord Greenhalgh as a minister; a replacement has not yet been named. 
 
In the interim until a new leader is elected who will choose which ministers they want, Greg Clark has been named the housing secretary in place of Eddie Hughes MP, who was still serving as the minister for housing and rough sleeping at the time this article was written. 

PARTNERING UP TO LEVEL UP 

Coast & County Group pride ourselves on providing the best possible services for all our landlords and investors and that’s why we’re partnering Kevin Cook and Aspray. Kevin has been a good friend to the company for several years now, and when the opportunity arose to join forces, we got on board right away. 
 
Escapes of water, such as a leaking boiler or pipework, fire, and weather-related damage, and even impact damage, can all become a problem for landlords who need to keep their rental income coming in. The first thing landlords do is notify the insurance company. Then ensues a lengthy, drawn-out process with their insurance company, taking up valuable time and making it a considerably stressful time for the landlord; with a less than satisfactory settlement at the end of the process. 
 
That’s why partnering with Kevin and Aspray is a match made in heaven. 
 
Many people haven’t even heard of a Loss Assessor, let alone know what one does. We guarantee, a Loss Assessor is the answer to your prayers, if and when something happens to your property, and you need to contact your insurance provider. 
 
If your home or business premises has been damaged and you need to make an insurance claim, Aspray can negotiate a settlement with your insurer on your behalf. 
 
Kevin, in his role as Loss Assessor will 
 
Attend property and survey the damage. 
Prepare a schedule of works required to restore property back to its pre loss condition. 
Review policy to make sure everything you are entitled to is included. 
Agree a settlement with insurers and their representatives. 
Instruct and oversee vetted local contractors. 
Ensure satisfactory completion. 
Deal with all administration and payments. 
 
Best of all there is no charge* to the policyholder for the Aspray service when we use our contractors to carry out the work. *any excess stated within the policy will still apply. 
 
Yes, you read that correctly, the service Kevin provides is free. Obviously you’ll still need to pay any excess stated in the policy but the whole process can be handled without you lifting a finger. 
Now that’s what we call service and why Coast & County Group are proud to be partnering with Kevin and Aspray. 

HOLBECK RISE DEVELOPMENT 

Since September 2021 Coast & County have been working on securing a plot of land in a very affluent area of Scarborough. Finally, this month, we exchanged on the option agreement. We have worked tirelessly with architects and solicitors to get this project over the line. 
 
The initial drawings the architect put forward weren’t what we were looking for. By doing numerous site visits with our architects and planning consultant, we’ve come up with some drawings we feel will be an exceptional fit for the area. The land itself is a bit of an odd shape, conjuring images of a wedge of cheese which was a test of skill for our team, but our final concept will be something Scarborough has never seen before. The complex will include 20, one and two bed luxury apartments, including two dorma apartments, undercroft parking for 20 cars, two roof terraces, a gym and living wall. We’re very excited about this scheme, now we wait for Scarborough Borough Council’s planning department to cast their beady eyes over it. Wish us luck! 
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