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Extending notice period for Section 21 notices – Wales

The Welsh Government has announced that it will consult on extending the notice period for the equivalent to the s.21 notice in the renting Homes (Wales) Act from 2 months to 6. The plan to extend the notice period was announced by housing minister Julie James and will see an amendment to s.173 of Renting […]

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 […]

Lewisham council consulting on extending licensing

Lewisham council is consulting on introducing new additional HMO and selective licensing schemes. At present Lewisham operates the mandatory and an additional HMO licensing scheme within its borough. Lewisham is now proposing introducing two further schemes which will operate in tandem with the existing schemes. The proposal is to introduce a new additional HMO licensing […]

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 […]

Update on ‘No DSS’

In the last 12 months we have written many posts on agents and landlords refusing to let to tenants on benefits for a variety of reasons. The tide now appears to be changing, especially in relation to lenders who were prohibiting landlords from letting their properties on buy-to-let mortgages to tenants on benefits. This month […]

Tenant Fees Ban Wales – update

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. Our previous post on the Act can be read […]

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 […]

How to Rent Guide revised

On 31 May the government revised the How to Rent Guide to take into account all the changes introduced into the Private Rental Sector by the Tenant Fees Act. The How to Rent Guide must be given to tenants who enter into a new or renewed tenancy for a fixed term on or after 1 […]

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 […]

Tenancy (Deposits and Arbitration) Bill

The Tenancy (Deposits and Arbitration) Bill was introduced to Parliament by the Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle on 13 March 2019. The text of the Tenancy (Deposits and Arbitration) Bill is not currently available and it will not be produced unless it reaches its second reading. It is a Private Members’ Bill introduced to Parliament under […]

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 […]

New Guidance for landlords and tenants

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) has published new guidance for landlords and tenants. The government published the guidance earlier this month to ensure that landlords and tenants understand and fulfil their respective rights and responsibilities. Rental issues can arise on both sides, but the aim of the guidance is to help […]

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 […]

MEES update

The new cost cap of £3,500 inc. VAT on properties that have an EPC rating below E will come into force today (April 1). Our previous detailed post can be read here. The minimum energy performance rating of E for private rental properties was introduced last year on 1 April 2018. This amendment to the […]

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