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On 10 February the Welsh government introduced the Renting Homes (Amendment) (Wales) Bill. With this Bill the government hopes that tenants in Wales will enjoy greater security. If passed the Bill will amend the yet to come into force Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 (2016 Act) especially for those who occupy rental properties under a […]

Amendment to accelerated possession proceedings

Part 55 of the Civil Procedure Rules has been amended. The changes will come into force on 6 April 2020. The Civil Procedure Rules govern all actions in the Civil Courts. Part 55 of these Rules deal with possession cases including those for residential tenancies. The Rules are regularly reviewed and updated with the most […]

Minimum Energy Rating

On 7 February the Domestic Premises (Energy Performance) Bill had its second reading in the House of Lords. The Bill requires the Secretary of State to ensure that domestic properties have a minimum energy performance rating of C on an Energy Performance Certificate. However, despite the Lord’s initial support for the Bill at this stage […]

Possible amendment to the CMP Regulations

On 3 February the government laid new legislation before Parliament to amend the Client Money Protection Regulations which came into force on 1 April 2019. If the Client Money Protection (CMP) Schemes for Property Agents (Approval and Designation of Schemes) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 come into force they will amend the requirement for agents to open […]

5MLD consultation response

On 10 January 2020 the Fifth Money Laundering Directive (5MLD) came into force in the UK. Our previous post can be read here. Unfortunately, despite coming into force more than 21 days ago we still do not have a guidance document. However, HM Treasury has issued a response to the 5MLD consultation which does have […]

Electrical safety

The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 have now been published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. The Regulations will apply in England only and need to be approved by Parliament before they come into force on 1 June 2020. Once they are in force the Regulations […]

Reminder – 5MLD

On 10 January the fifth money laundering directive came into force in the UK. Our previous detailed post can be read here. We were hoping for a guidance document to assist with a further post but unfortunately the wait continues. With that in mind we can only give brief details of the legislation and what […]

Reminder – Tenant Fees Act

The Tenant Fees Act came into force in England in June 2019 but only applied to tenancy renewals and new tenancies. In June 2020 it will be extended to apply to all tenancies, that is tenancies which commenced prior to 1 June 2019. Our previous posts can be read here. The Act bans landlords and […]

Reminder – MEES

Since April 2018 private rental properties could only be legally let to new tenants if they had a minimum energy efficiency rating of E (unless exempted). Our previous posts can be read here. On 6 April 2018 the minimum energy efficiency standard came into force. This meant that only properties with a minimum EPC rating […]

Reminder – Client Money Protection

The grace period for letting agents to open client accounts for clients’ money will end on 31 March 2020. On 1 April 2019 the Client Money Protection (CMP) Regulations came into force. These Regulations required lettings agents to become a member of a government backed client money protection scheme. However, some schemes were empowered to […]

5th Money Laundering Directive

On 10 January 2020 the 5th money laundering directive (5MLD) will come into force in the UK. The government is obligated to do this despite Brexit. The 5MLD was introduced following a review of the 4th money laundering directive. It is hoped that the 5MLD will further strengthen transparency and counter-terrorist provisions. Despite Brexit, the […]

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 […]

Brent and Harrow Trading standards

Brent and Harrow Trading Standards have carried out checks on agent’s websites to ensure that they are complying with the Tenant Fees Act and other relevant legislation applicable in the Private rented sector. Having investigated 67 letting agent’s websites in both Brent and Harrow, Trading Standards officers have found that just 14 appear to be […]

When to serve the updated How to Rent guide

The How to Rent Guide was updated in May of this year to reflect the changes introduced by the Tenant Fees Act. Further minor amendments have followed which we have discussed in previous posts. As a consequence of these updates many people on the Painsmith helpline are asking whether they need to serve the updated […]

‘Pet rent’

With the advent of the Tenant Fees Act 2019 (2019 Act) many agents have been trying to find ways to manage pets in rental properties. A logical solution is currently receiving a lot of bad publicity but landlords have been left with little or no option. Under the 2019 Act deposits are limited to 5 […]

Updated Contracts

At Painsmith we are always reviewing and updating our contracts in line with new legislation. An updated inventory clerk contract is now available and a sub agency contract will be available shortly. For those wishing to purchase these contracts please call the office on 01420 565310.

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