Last chance to respond to Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations Consultation

08 January, 20180 Comments
Private rental sector landlords still have one more day to respond to this consultation, which closes tomorrow (9th Jan, 2018 at 11:45pm). Introduced on 1st October 2015, the Government’s Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations were updated to protect private tenants from death or injury caused by smoke and carbon monoxide poisoning in the
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Landlords, EPCs and Expenses: What’s Changing For The Rental Market

29 September, 20170 Comments
Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) have been used as a measure of a property’s energy efficiency for over a decade. First introduced as part of Home Information Packs for those buying and selling homes, they’ve gradually crept into the rental market. From April 2018, UK landlords will have to hit a minimum EPC level before renting
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Landlords Need Knot Fear Japanese Knotweed

19 September, 20170 Comments
One of the most pressing and demanding issues for any landlord is proper maintenance of their properties, so that tenants are satisfied, and they are in compliance with responsibilities and existing legislation. Keeping the inside in top shape is one thing, but garden areas present a particular problem, and especially when faced with the peculiar
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Lettings Fee Ban Consultation – Agent deadline approaching

19 May, 20171 Comments
The consultation paper for the Tenancy Fee ban across England was released last month, inviting agents to respond on whether the penalty should be £5,000, £30,000 or a banning order by June 2nd 2017. It was announced in the last Autumn Statement that a ban on letting agents charging fees to tenants would be introduced
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FAQ: I’ve Received a Section 42 Notice, What Does This Mean?

08 November, 20160 Comments
Understanding landlord and tenant law can be difficult when you’re unfamiliar with the legislation, which is why we encourage those seeking advice to ask our solicitors questions. Here is a query we recently received about a section 42 notice for lease extension: Q: I am the landlord of some leasehold flats and I have received
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MPs approve changes to the Right to Rent Immigration Bill

27 April, 20161 Comments
Yesterday MPs approved measures to the Immigration Bill that relax the initial threat of ‘immediate criminality’ for letting agents or landlords waiting to evict illegal immigrants from their properties. The change comes after the original wording of the legislation meant agents and landlords would face immediate fines upon the discovery that they’d failed to make
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Court judgement proves flaws in Right to Rent

19 February, 20162 Comments
A landmark court judgement may have a significant impact on the Government’s Right to Rent legislation. The airline Ryanair won a civil court case after successfully appealing against fines imposed by the Home Office for carrying illegal immigrants into the UK as the judge found that the airline staff could not be expected to spot
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MP’s reject legislation to force landlords to ensure rented accommodation are ‘fit for human habitation’

14 January, 20160 Comments
On Tuesday night, MP’s voted to reject a proposal that would require landlords to make their properties “fit for human habitation” as part of an amendment to the new Housing and Planning Bill. Conservative MPs voted against the labour proposed legislation by 312 votes to 219, a majority of 93. Teresa Pearce, the shadow housing
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