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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 […]

Client Money Protection – Update

On 7 March the Client Money Protection Schemes for Property Agents (Requirement to Belong to a Scheme etc) Regulations 2018 were signed and come into force from 1 April 2019.  Under the new Regulations all private property letting agents will have to sign up to a government-backed scheme protecting tenants’ and landlords’ money or face […]

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.  […]

Electrical Safety – update

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) has published its formal response to the consultation held on electrical safety in Private rented properties.  The response reiterates what has been said previously in that subject to parliamentary time, regulations will be introduced requiring private landlords to undertake 5 yearly checks of electrical installations in […]

Landlord Redress Schemes

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) has announced this month that it will bring forward legislation to require landlords to join a mandatory redress scheme. This is part of a wider set of proposals to shake up redress across the entire residential sector and fill in gaps in existing redress. MHCLG is […]

Tenant Fees Bill – update

The Tenant Fees Bill is now expected to come into force on 1 June 2019. Once the Bill receives Royal Assent it will apply to all tenancies that are agreed, whether new or renewed, after this date. Our previous posts on the Bill can be read here. The Bill had its third reading in the […]

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act Becomes Law

This Bill received Royal Assent on 20 December 2018 and will come into force on 20 March 2019.  It is hoped that the Act will help to boost standards in rental properties as well as give tenants powers to hold landlords to account where those standards are not met. Our previous post on the Act […]

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