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Rogue Landlord Project

The Luton Rogue Landlord Project (RLP) has successfully prosecuted a landlord for multiple breaches of the House in Multiple Occupation Management Regulations.  The RLP is an initiative by Luton Borough Council, in partnership with the Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue service, Bedfordshire Police, Luton Law Centre and Luton Citizen’s Advice Bureau.  The project aims to tackle […]

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 […]

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 […]

Protecting your rental property this winter

Winter can pose a problem for rental properties especially where tenants are planning to be away for the holiday period. Landlords are therefore advised to ensure that they consider some simple steps to ensure to avoid potentially costly repairs. Exterior of the property Checking the exterior of the property ideally in the Summer or Autumn […]

Funding for councils to crack down on ‘rogue’ landlords

The Ministry of Housing, Communities, & Local Government (MHCLG) has announced a £2 million funding boost for local authorities to tackle ‘rogue’ landlords. Local authorities will be entitled to bid for funding to step up enforcement action against landlords who offer inadequate or unsafe properties.  The funding will assist local authorities develop and test innovative […]

Rent to Rent agent fined

The local authority of Waltham Forest has successfully prosecuted an agent who was unlawfully subletting a property in breach of the HMO regulations. The agent applied for a license for the property to be used as a single-family dwelling. However, the local authority carried out an inspection and discovered that the property was in fact […]

Improving tenant safety

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) has announced plans to tighten health and safety standards for rental accommodation in order to ensure that tenants have a safe place to call home. The Housing Minister, Heather Wheeler, has announced plans to overhaul health and safety standards for rental accommodation to help keep safe […]

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill has passed through the House of Commons and will now be scrutinised in the House of Lords, starting later in November. The Bill is likely to become law so below is a summary of the main provisions. At present there is no legal requirement for landlords to keep […]

Pests

Probably due to the current hot weather we are receiving quite a few calls on the helpline about pests and who is responsible for eradicating them. Unfortunately, the answer is not as straightforward as might be hoped. Furnished Property A landlord has a common law duty to ensure that furnished property is free from pests […]

Review of Private Rental Sector

This month the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee (HCLGC) has written to the Government to express its disappointment with the Government’s response to its report on the Private Rental Sector (PRS). In April the HCLGC published its report on the PRS and some of its findings can be summarised as follows: Tenants need protection […]

Electrical safety checks

The government has clarified building regulations fire safety guidance following the Hackitt review and is now seeking views on the revisions. The recommendations of Dame Judith Hackitt have resulted in a consultation to seek views on government revisions. The consultation document and review of Approved Document B can be viewed here. Approved Document B is […]

Lettings agents fined in Tower Hamlets

Agents and landlords in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets have been fined for failing to list fees and uphold decent standards. Many agents and landlords are signed up to the Tower Hamlets Private Rental Charter which is a summary of the legal obligations a landlord or agent has towards a tenant as well as […]

Knotweed

In Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd v Williams & Anor, the Court of Appeal held that Japanese Knotweed and its underground roots or rhizomes are a ‘natural hazard’ which can affect a property owner’s ability to fully use and enjoy the land. Knotweed is a hardy bamboo-like perennial which spreads rapidly growing to a height of […]

Gas Safe Retender – update

Following our previous post in December 2017 the HSE has released further and updated information on the Gas Safe retender. The Gas Safe register provides the official list of gas engineers registered to work legally in Great Britain. Those running the register were given a 10-year contract which expires on 31 March 2019. Accordingly, the […]

Room sizes – HMO

In our previous post we mentioned the mandatory national minimum sleeping room sizes. From 1 October 2018 local authorities will need to impose conditions as to the minimum room sizes which may be occupied as sleeping accommodation in the HMO. A room smaller than the specified size must not be used as sleeping accommodation. The […]

New HMO Regulations – Guidance

The Government has issued guidance for local authorities on the implementation of the HMO changes coming into force 1stOctober 2018. On 1 October 2018 Mandatory licensing will apply to buildings with one or two storeys, occupied by five or more persons, from two or more separate households. We do not intend to detail the changes […]

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