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Electrical safety

On 25 October sections 122 and 123 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 came into force. The Housing and Planning Act 2016 (Commencement No. 11) Regulations 2019 bring into force s.122 and s.123 of the 2016 Act. These provisions do not bring any electrical safety standards into force at present but do permit the […]

Serving a Section 21 notice

Following the government’s announcement to end section 21 notices we have received enquiries about when these notices should be served and particularly whether landlords or agents should serve notice now in order to protect their position. The government announced that they wish to consult on abolishing section 21 notices in April this year. The consultation […]

How to Rent Guide

The How to Rent Guide has been changed again. The How to Rent Guide was substantially updated on 31 May 2019 to reflect the changes introduced by the Tenant Fees Act. Since that date there has been 2 further minor changes. The 2 minor changes are noted on the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local […]

Government consultation on section 21

The government has commenced a consultation on abolishing s.21 notices and improving the implementation of section 8 notices. In April this year the government announced that it would end s.21 evictions. This would see landlords unable to end tenancies without giving a reason and require them to follow the s.8 process where evidence and reasons […]

Regulation of Property Agents

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) has published a report by the property agents working group containing recommendations for government on a new regulatory framework. Membership of the working group includes RICS, ARLA Propertymark, National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) and NLA amongst others. The government has proposed that property agents are […]

Tenancy Deposit Reform

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) has launched a call for evidence to explore innovative approaches to deposit protection and look at improvements to the way the deposit protection process works. One of the issues that the MHCLG appears to have identified is the length of time it takes for some tenants […]

Tenant Fees Act now in force

The Tenant Fees Act came into force on 1 June 2019. The Act bans landlords and agents charging tenants fees for entering, renewing, assigning or novating or terminating a tenancy in England. There are also restrictions placed on tenancy deposits. The aim of the Act is to reduce the costs that tenants pay in respect […]

Amended Section 21

On 1 June 2019 an amended form 6A will come into force. On 7 May 2019 the Assured Tenancies and Agricultural Occupancies (Forms) (England)(Amendment) Regulations 2019 were made. These Regulations amend Form 6A (Section 21 notice) largely due to the changes coming into force under the Tenants Fees Act also on 1 June. At Page […]

Registration system for short-term lettings

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is calling on the government to introduce a new registration system for those renting out a property for less than 90 days a year in London. In 2015 short term lets in London were capped to a total of 90 days a year. However, enforcing this cap has proven […]

Longer Tenancies Consultation – the Response

The government has now published its response to the longer tenancies consultation launched on 2 July 2018 for 8 weeks. The government’s response to the longer tenancies consultation is inextricably linked to the announcement earlier this week to abolish section 21 notices. Our initial post on the consultation itself can be read here. The consultation […]

End of Section 21?

The government has today announced plans to consult on new legislation to abolish Section 21 evictions. The government has outlined plans today to consult on new legislation to end section 21, so called ‘no fault’ evictions. If the plans go ahead landlords will no longer be permitted to serve tenants with a section 21 notice […]

Tenant Fees Act – Guidance

On 1 April the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) published guidance on the Tenant Fees Act 2019. MHCLG has issued 3 guidance documents on the Act for tenants, enforcement authorities and landlords and lettings agents. We will concentrate on the guidance issued to landlords and lettings agents. The guidance begins with a […]

Client Money Protection (CMP) now in force

From 1 April, all private property agents in England holding client money must belong to a government approved client money protection scheme. Our previous detailed post can be read here. The government has approved the following CMP schemes: Client Money Protect Money Shield NALS Client Money Protection Propertymark RICS UKALA Client Money Protection Further schemes […]

Right to Rent – case

On 1 March the High Court released its decision in the case of Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) against the Secretary of State for the Home Department. The High Court has held that the Right to Rent policy is unlawful. This is a summary of the judgement which can be read in […]

Right to Rent unlawful

On Friday the High Court held that the Right to Rent is in breach of the Human Rights Act and therefore unlawful. However, despite this decision landlords and agents will need to continue with their checks as they have done in the past. We have previously posted about the JCWI’s legal challenge of the Right to […]

Tenant Fees Act

The Tenant Fees Bill received Royal Assent on 12 February 2019 meaning that it is now the Tenant Fees Act and will come into force on 1 June 2019.  In summary the Act bans letting fees paid by tenants to an agent or landlord in the private rented sector and caps tenancy deposits in England.  […]

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