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Tenant Fees Ban Wales – Reminder

On Sunday, 1 September the Renting Homes (fees etc) (Wales) Act came into force. This means that landlords and agents with properties in Wales will no longer be able to charge fees for new tenancies or renewals. Our previous post on the Act can be read here. This Act is similar to the Tenant Fees Act […]

Impact of the Tenant Fees Act

Some 4 weeks after the Act came into force the private rental market is already seeing the negative consequences of the legislation. The Act came into force on 1 June 2019 but prior to this the industry warned that the consequences would have a negative impact on the rental market. ARLA amongst others warned earlier […]

‘Extra Services’

In Curo Places Ltd v Pimlett the Upper Tribunal held that a landlord could not charge a tenant for ‘extra’ services when those same services were previously being provided at no cost to the tenant. Curo was the landlord and Mr P the tenant of a bungalow in a sheltered housing scheme. Mr P’s tenancy agreement […]

Tenant Fees Ban – Wales

The Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Act 2019 will come into force in Wales on 1 September. The Act, like the Tenant Fees Act in England, will ban landlords and agents from charging private tenants fees for the grant, renewal or continuation of a tenancy agreement. The language of the Welsh Act is largely the […]

Regulation of Property Agents

The government has launched the Regulation of Property Agents working group. The group will take forward the government’s commitment to implementing: Regulation of letting agents Minimum entry requirements for the sector A Code of Practice for the sector Fees limits and Right to Manage powers for long leases.   Our previous post can be read here The […]

Tenant Fees Bill update

The Bill is currently before the House of Lords and during this process the government has made a number of substantial amendments. It is possible that further amendments will be proposed and at this stage agents and landlords should expect them. The Bill proposes to ban landlords and their lettings agents from requiring private tenant’s […]

Housing Court Proposals

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) has set out proposals for a specialist Housing Court which could provide a single path of redress for property disputes. Landlords and Tenants are to receive faster and effective justice in the event of a property dispute, under proposals announced by Communities Secretary James Brokenshire MP. […]

Property Licensing – Hackney

On 1 October Hackney council expanded their property licensing scheme. The application process opened on 25 September and landlords have until 2 December to submit their applications. Enforcement will commence by Hackney council on 3 December. This is one of a number of new licensing schemes and comes as the government has widened the use […]

Tenant Fees Bill update

The Government announced on 5th September further protections for tenants against what they refer to as ‘unfair’ letting fees. The Bill placed before the House of Lords can be viewed here. However, we understand that this Bill will now be amended to include further protections as summarised below. The Government press release states as follows: Tenants […]

Tenant fees bill – WALES

The Welsh government has now also introduced a tenant fees bill which is similar to that introduced in England. A summary of the provisions of The Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Bill: tenants will no longer be charged for an accompanied viewing, receiving an inventory, signing a contract, or renewing a tenancy; letting agents and […]

Select Committee Report

On 19 April 2018 the Commons Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee published a report on the private rented sector in which it said that the most vulnerable tenants need greater legal protections from retaliatory evictions, rent increases and harassment so they are fully empowered to pursue complaints about repairs and maintenance in their homes. […]

Tenant Fees Bill

The Government has now introduced the Tenant Fee Bill to the House of Commons. The Bill proposes to ban landlords and their letting agents from requiring private tenants and licensees in England making payments in connection with any tenancy. Our previous post can be read here. Below is a summary of the Bill. The ban […]

Client Money Protection

In November last year the government commenced a consultation ‘seeking views on the implementation of mandatory membership of a client money protection scheme for property agents.’ On 26th February 2018 the government brought into force the Housing and Planning Act 2016 (Commencement No 7 and Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2018.  The commencement of these Regulations brings […]

Surrender

We have recently received a number of helpline enquiries about tenancy surrenders and the formalities that should be adopted by parties negotiating them. A surrender is a mutual agreement between a landlord and tenant to end a tenancy prior to its contractual end date. A landlord is not obliged to agree to a surrender but […]

Select Committee and Fee Ban

The Communities and Local Government Committee will scrutinise the Government’s Draft Tenant Fee Bill. The bill was published on 1 November 2017 and our previous post on the Bill can be read here. In summary, the Bill will prohibit all payments by tenants to lettings agents and landlords (with a few exceptions) and introduce both civil […]

Gas Safe Register – Retender

The contract with the Gas Safe Register (GSR) ends in 2019. The GSR provides the list of gas engineers registered to work legally and safely. However, the current GSR 10-year contract expires on 31 March 2019. Parties that are interested in making a bid for the new contract may register their interest with the Health […]

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