‘DSS’ is the lettings industry term for tenants who rely on benefits to pay all or some of their rent. These tenants can find it harder to find homes to rent than tenants in full time employment.
Continue reading “Shelter Try to Ban ‘DSS Accepted’ Adverts but 90% of ‘DSS’ Tenants Want to Keep Them”
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, has published a report demanding he gain the ability to impose rent controls on the London rental market.
Continue reading “Rent Control in London: What’s Happening?”
On 1st June 2019, tenant fees were banned in England. We’ve always been against charging tenants these unfair fees, so we decided to celebrate with a competition.
Continue reading “Tenant Fees Competition Winner Shares Story, Shows Exactly Why Fees Needed to Be Banned”
OpenRent is giving tenants the chance to win £300 for sharing their worst tenant fees story.
To enter the competition, RT our tweet commenting your worst tenant fee experience using the hashtag #FeeFreedom.
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Almost three years since being first announced, the Tenant Fees Act will finally come into force in England on 1st June. A similar law will commence in Wales in September.
This is something OpenRent has been campaigning for since founding in 2012. So we’re in the mood to celebrate!
Continue reading “🎉Celebrating the End of Tenant Fees in England & Wales🎉”
From 1st June, landlords will only be able to take five weeks’ rent as a tenancy deposit. This increases to six weeks for properties whose rent exceeds £50,000 per year.
Continue reading “Maximum Tenancy Deposit: the New Rules and How to Calculate 5 Weeks’ Rent”
On Wednesday, OpenRent Co-Founder Adam Hyslop argued that there is no point banning ‘No DSS’ adverts without first tackling the reasons that cause some landlords to be unable to let to tenants claiming benefits.
Continue reading “OpenRent Co-Founder Adam Argues for Sensible ‘DSS’ Reform”
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”
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.
Continue reading “Tenant Fees Act (2019): What Landlords Need to Know”
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.
Continue reading “Tenant Fees Bill: a Legal Review for Landlords”