New Coronavirus Eviction Rules Begin this Month (PD 55C)

Camberwell Green court closed

New rules in England and Wales on how courts will engage with landlords and tenants during coronavirus are due to begin on 23rd August. The measures, announced in a court ‘Practice Direction’ called PD 55C are intended to deal with the large backlog of possession cases that have built up since possession hearings were stayed in March.

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OpenRent Can Now Help You to Add or Remove Tenants from Your Tenancy When You Renew Your Contract

OpenRent free tenant change renewals service

OpenRent started offering landlords a free renewal service in 2018. Instead of paying an agent hundreds of pounds just to renew a contract with tenants who already lived in your property, you could just click ‘renew’ to send a new contract out and handle your legal duties.

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‘Mini-Budget’ Brings Good News for Landlords

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced new measures that help landlords. In a speech titled ‘A Plan for Jobs’, he put forward new policies designed to protect jobs and stave off mass unemployment ahead of the withdrawal of the flagship furlough scheme in October, which has paid 80% of the wages of over 9 million workers since lockdown began. 

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Tenant Fees Act (2019): What Landlords & Tenants Need to Know

Guide to the Tenant Fees Act 2019 for Landlords and letting agents

The Tenant Fees Act came into force on 1st June 2019 for new tenancies and was then extended to cover all tenancies on 1st June 2020.  At the centre of the new rules is a ban on tenant fees, including admin and agency fees.

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New EICR Rules: Electrical Checks Become Mandatory for Rented Property from 1st July 2020

Mandatory EICR Regulations Begin in July

Landlords with properties in England will need to conduct an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) in order to let their English properties from 1st July 2020. The requirement will extend to all tenancies in England from 1st April 2021.

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Can Landlords Perform Inventories, Checkouts and Make Deposit Deductions During Coronavirus Lockdown?

As the UK lockdown continues, many tenancies will begin or come to an end. Usually, landlords would perform an inventory of the property, compare it to the inventory at the beginning of the tenancy, and use this as evidence of any damage caused during the tenancy. 

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Can Landlords Arrange Repairs and Safety Checks During Coronavirus Social Distancing?

Gas Safety and Repairs During Coronavirus social distancing

There is new guidance on accessing rental properties to carry out inspections, repairs and safety checks. Properties should only be accessed for serious matters and all non-essential visits to properties should be postponed. There is also new guidance on how landlords, tenants and tradespeople must act to remain safe if they do need to attend a property. 

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