In case you missed it, the Government has announced plans to end Section 21 evictions. They promise “the biggest change to the private rented sector in a generation”.Continue reading “Section 21 Evictions to Be Abolished: What Landlords Need to Know”
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”
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”
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.
Welcome to the first in a new series of monthly updates, bringing landlords essential property stories and updates on regulations each month.
Simply read the Essential Landlord Update once a month, and sleep easy knowing you’ll be up to date with the fast-changing world of UK property! Continue reading “Essential Landlord Update: September 2018”