Social distancing measures introduced to battle coronavirus mean you can’t currently carry out viewings in person. But you may still wish to show your property to prospective tenants who have no choice but to find a new home, or who need a property in a few months’ time – for example, students who are looking for accommodation for the next academic year.Continue reading “How to Conduct a Property Viewing Online”
Many landlords have been asking how to go about formalising an agreement with their tenant to temporarily lower or suspend the rent. Understandably landlords will want to help out their tenants without accidentally breaching the Tenant Fees Act 2019 or permanently reducing the rent. This post gives some simple tips how to help tenants out without falling into any legal traps.Continue reading “How to Formalise a Temporary Rent Reduction or Rent Holiday”
The Government has announced a raft of measures to support landlords and tenants through the coronavirus emergency. Things are moving very quickly and this guide will be regularly updated as more details emerge.Continue reading “Landlord Guide to COVID-19 Emergency Measures”
You are no longer able to create new tenancies in England and Wales without an EPC rating of E or above. From April 2020, the new rules apply to existing tenancies. Over one million dwellings would not currently pass the new rules, and could face huge fines.Continue reading “Time Running Out for Landlords Meeting New EPC Rules (April 2020)”
Landlords who sell their rental properties will have just 30 days to pay their tax bill. The new rules begin on 6th April. Landlords who fail to comply could pay thousands in penalty fines.Continue reading “New Capital Gains Tax Rule Gives Landlords Just 30 Days to Pay”
If you have breached the new rules on tenant fees, then you won’t be able to evict your tenants using Section 21.Continue reading “Section 21 Notices Are Invalid When the Landlord Breaches the Tenant Fees Ban”
The Conservative manifesto included a promise to end ‘no fault’ evictions. But what exactly is going to happen? And what does it mean for landlords?
We asked three experts for their views as the private rented sector enters a year of reform.Continue reading “What Will Be in the Renters’ Reform Bill?”
Some significant events are coming down the tracks for landlords in 2020. We’ve pulled together the key dates to remember and the important new rules to know about.
We know that you will be considering how the plans of each party will affect you as a landlord at this general election.
To help you quickly get a grasp on the main positions of each party, we have written a summary of what the three large national parties (the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats) are promising in their manifestos.Continue reading “Landlord Guide to the UK General Election 2019”
Feature Spotlights show you all the neat little things OpenRent does that make your life easier.
Since 2018, we’ve helped thousands of OpenRent tenants move home with our free tenancy concierge service. Tenants absolutely love this service, but it’s not something we talk about a lot — especially with landlords.Continue reading “Feature Spotlight: Tenant Concierge”