A quarter of privately rented homes are considered non-decent according to government guidelines. Continue reading “New Rules to Help Tenants in Unfit Rental Properties”
As the UK’s largest letting agent, OpenRent has been asked to contribute to the Work and Pensions Select Committee’s investigation into lettings industry practices around tenants who claim benefits. Continue reading “OpenRent Letter to Work & Pensions Committee Inquiry”
Hey, Harry here from OpenRent’s Product Development Team.
We’ve launched some handy new features over the last month or so. I’m going to tell you all about them. Continue reading “Product Update: March 2019”
A verdict of the High Court has slammed the Government’s Right to Rent scheme. The mandatory document checks were called “discriminatory”, with “little or no effect” on immigration.
The Tenant Fees Act will come into force on 1st June 2019. At the centre of the new laws is a ban on tenant fees, including admin and agency fees.
From 20th March 2019, tenants in England will have new powers to fight unfit housing — including the ability to sue landlords for not carrying out repair work.
The Bill was originally championed by Karen Buck MP, and was given much attention after the fire at Grenfell Tower. Continue reading “Homes (Fitness) Act Allows Tenants to Sue Landlords over Property Condition”
Today, we’re really proud to announce the launch of our new monthly rent collection service.
It’s totally free – with no monthly or initial charge – and available to anyone with a current or future tenancy created using our Rent Now service.
We’ve built it – and made it free – because we want Rent Now to be as useful as possible, and great value, too. Continue reading “Introducing: Monthly Rent Collection”
The Government plan to ban tenant fees is getting closer to becoming law. The policy divides landlords with 64% supporting the bill and 36% opposing. Whatever you think of it, we want to help you understand exactly what the ban means for you.
Here to talk us through the finer legal details of the Tenant Fees Bill is Samuel Beswick, a Frank Knox Memorial Fellow at Harvard Law School and author of several papers on UK lettings law.
Next week could be scary for landlords!
No, we don’t mean Halloween… It’s time for the Budget, and landlords are worried they’re going to see more regulation.
More on that below, but first your monthly landlord update. Continue reading “Essential Landlord Update: October 2018”
Many landlords use their own tenancy agreements: sometimes using the same old agreement over and over again for years or even decades!
But the law around renting evolves rapidly and your trusty old contract is probably full of errors.