Tag Archives: regulations

New CMA Guidance for Lettings Professionals

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) which replaced the OFT earlier this year issued on the 13th June 2014 “Guidance for lettings professionals on consumer protection law”. Plainly for anyone involved in the Lettings Industry a must read document! Much of what is included within the guidance is not new. It helpfully pulls together various […]

Office of Fair Trading to study Residential Property Management services

The OFT last week announced that it intends to launch a market study into the residential property management field for leasehold property in England and Wales. Ahead of the study the OFT has invited interested persons to tell them about what areas they should be concerned about. Their Press Release sets out what areas the […]

Deposit News

1 April 2013 has seen more changes to deposit protection. There are now four authorised schemes: TDS, DPS and mydeposits have been joined by Capita tenacy deposit protection scheme . This is an insurance based, rather than custodial scheme, meaning that the deposit is held by the agent or landlord. It’s all change in the […]

EPCs – latest news

Tomorrow 9 January 2013 sees the coming into force of changes in the regulations regarding Energy Performance Certificates. The government announced these changes to the EPC, and air conditioning inspections regime, on 19 December 2012. The changes come from the EU Directive (Council Directive 2010/31/EU) on the energy performance of buildings (EPB Directive 2010). The […]

Private Rented Sector Consultation

Just a reminder to everyone in the Rental Industry that the Communities and Local Government Select Committee is currently conducting an enquiry into the private rented sector. Submissions have been invited from any interested party dealing with the private rented sector. Submissions should be emailed to clgev@parliament.uk by 17th January 2012. In particular submissions are […]

Electronic Signatures: Can we use them?

We have over the past few months seen a rise in the number of enquiries we receive about the use of “electronic signatures” for the signing of tenancy agreements. This area is complicated and not 100% clear. For the purposes of this article when we refer to a tenancy agreement we mean an assured shorthold […]

Fire Safety revisited

We have had a few queries regarding the Fire Safety (Protection of Tenants) Bill on which we have previously blogged, and so here is our update: the Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress and will not become law. […]

Equality Act: what does this mean for Agents and Landlords?

2010 saw the enactment of the Equality Act which provided that Landlords must consider making reasonable adjustments for people with a disability looking to rent their property. The purpose of the duty included within the Act was to ensure that disabled people do not face barriers to occupation and enjoyment of rental property. The duty […]

Squatters

On the 2 September 2011 Judge Fiona Henderson ordered Camden City Council to comply with a freedom of information request made by a member of the Advisory Service for Squatters. Judge Henderson when making the order stated that it was in the public interest to release the information, adding that there was a strong public […]

Service charges: what do you need to know?

Over the past two decades the rules dealing with service charges have changed completely and there now exists a fairly comprehensive set of rules which as can be seen in cases reported from the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal (LVT) can catch out the unwary. The starting point for all Property Managers and Leaseholders must be the […]

Cancellation Notice

In a recent case in Watford County Court an agent sought his commission for the successful sale of a property in October 2009. The Defendant defended the claim on the basis that no Cancellation Notice in the prescribed form pursuant to the Cancellation of Contracts in a Consumer’s home or Place of Work etc Regulations […]

More Safety Legislation?

The Fire Safety (Protection of Tenants) Bill is currently before Parliament. It’s objective is to ensure that all rented residential properties have a fire detection system which complies with modern standards. This means that all landlords will be required to install a mains operated battery backed smoke alarm before the tenancy agreement is signed. If […]

Mortgage Protection Notice Requirements Set Out

Further to our previous post on the bringing into force of the Mortgage Repossessions (Protection of Tenants etc) Act 2010 the Statutory Instrument setting out the notifications required to be given to possible tenants or occupiers of the property and the form of those notices. The Dwelling Houses (Execution of Possession Orders by Mortgagees) Regulations […]

Housing Act Threshold Increase

It seems that the AST threshold change on 6 April will apply to ongoing tenancies. This will have a number of serious consequences.

New Regulations and Agent’s Terms of Business

Agents should make sure that their terms of business are compliant with the new Provision of Services Regulations 2009.

Distance Selling

Landlords and agents might find this update on the distance selling regulations helpful.

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