News Archive

News Archive

13th May 2020

Housing Secretary sets out plan to re-start housing market

From the 12th May 2020 anyone in England can move home if they follow new guidance.

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6th May 2020

New electrical safety standards come into force on the 1st July 2020

New guide issued.

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6th May 2020

Scotland - Aid for private rental landlords

A £5 million fund will offer interest-free loans to landlords.

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22nd April 2020

Government wins Right to Rent appeal

The Court of Appeal rules in favour of the government's Right to Rent scheme, overturning a decision reached last year by the High Court.

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14th April 2020

Scotland – Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020

New legislation is now in force

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7th April 2020

England - New Accelerated Possession Form

The Government have published a new N5B court form

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30th March 2020

COVID-19 and renting: guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities

UK government issue non-statutory guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities in the private and social rented sectors in the context of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

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30th March 2020

Scotland – COVID-19 Update

The Scottish government have published some additional question and answers for the industry.

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27th March 2020

Government support available for landlords and renters reflecting the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

The government has brought forward a package of measures to protect renters.

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26th March 2020

Coronavirus Act 2020

The Coronavirus Act 2020 passed through the Houses of Parliament yesterday.

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24th March 2020

Scottish Government £1 billion Business Support Fund opens

Grants to help businesses with COVID-19 impact.

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23rd March 2020

Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS)

Updated tenancy deposit protection guidance for landlords with tenants

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23rd March 2020

HMRC – Support of people and Businesses

Chancellor announces further measures to support people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19

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23rd March 2020

FAQs have been compiled by Scottish Government

Coronavirus Covid-19 – Private landlords and letting agents

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19th March 2020

Complete ban on evictions and additional protection for renters

Government announces radical package of measures

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18th March 2020

Government to reveal anti-eviction measures

Prime Minister confirms that the government is bringing forward measures to protect private tenants against eviction during the Coronavirus crisis

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18th March 2020

Labour wants no evictions for arrears due to Coronavirus

Government should ban evictions for people who fall behind on their rent.

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17th March 2020

naea propertymark

Propertymark creates COVID-19 Checklist.

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17th March 2020

Pressure builds to help private tenants hit by Coronavirus

Residential Landlords Association and the National Landlords Association calls on the government and lenders to agree a package of measures.

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12th March 2020

ARLA Propertymark Conference & Exhibition 2020

Postponed until 2 September 2020.

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10th March 2020

DWP guidance for Universal Credit

The Department for Work and Pensions has published updated guidance for landlords with tenants in receipt of Universal Credit.

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9th March 2020

Warning to Agents from Property Ombudsman

Ombudsman is warning agents not to discriminate against tenants through a No DSS.

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6th March 2020

Delay to minimum energy efficiency standards in Scotland

Landlords to be given more time to implement the changes needed.

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6th March 2020

Consultation begins for another local Council to introduce selective licensing

County Durham local council wants to introduce county-wide selective licensing.

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5th March 2020

Referral Fee clampdown

The clampdown on referral fees will now also extend to letting agents.

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4th March 2020

Agents probed for alleged Fees Ban breaches

The i newspaper claims multiple councils are opening investigations into agents allegedly defying the tenant fees ban

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27th February 2020

Legal victories over No DSS letting agents

Out-of-court settlements against No DSS letting agents, on the grounds of indirect discrimination..

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24th February 2020

The Property Ombudsman expels five agencies

Agents in Milton Keynes, London, Llanelli, Norwich and Reading have failed to pay awards to customers and have been kicked out by TPO.

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24th February 2020

PRS Landlord Numbers Fall

The number of landlords in the private rental sector falls to a seven year low.

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18th February 2020

HMRC produce millions of pounds from buy to let

A clampdown on buy to let by HMRC has produced millions in additional tax revenue.

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10th February 2020

Online Right To Rent checker due this year

Home Office is working on a digital tool for online digital Right To Rent status checks.

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10th February 2020

Agents may be mis-selling deposit alternative schemes

A BBC investigation shows concerns have been raised over 'deposit-free' renting.

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5th February 2020

Scottish Government delays minimum energy efficiency standards

Landlords welcome the decision to delay.

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4th February 2020

New HMO regulations for north of England council

Landlords and developers will now need planning permission.

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28th January 2020

Social Housing Lettings, England

Reports and Statistics for Social Housing England.

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28th January 2020

Law Society for England and Wales

Housing law experts have backed government moves to abolish so-called 'no-fault' evictions.

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28th January 2020

Government backs licensing scheme

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has backed a five year extension for a London council landlord licensing scheme.

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24th January 2020

Labour council wants city-wide licensing

Another Labour council wants to introduce a city-wide landlord licensing scheme.

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24th January 2020

One in fifty homes in London is a short let

Research shows that one in every 50 homes in London is let on a short-term platform such as Airbnb.

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21st January 2020

Liverpool's landlord licensing scheme would be scrapped

Government has announced that the successful landlord licensing scheme will be scrapped.

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16th January 2020

Private rental growth measures October to December 2019

Compares growth in the Index of Private Housing Rental Prices (IPHRP) with other measures of private rental growth.

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16th January 2020

Rents set to rise due to rental shortage

RICS latest survey indicates that rents are due to rise in the next 12 months.

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14th January 2020

Government to end Local Housing Allowance rate freeze

Around 900,000 people across the UK could see their housing benefit payments increase.

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14th January 2020

New regulations to protect renters from carbon monoxide poisoning

The Welsh Government confirms new regulations to combat carbon monoxide poisoning.

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14th January 2020

The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020

Government has published the draft legislation.

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13th January 2020

Scottish government announce plans to regulate short-term lets

The government is handing local authorities fresh powers to regulate short-term lets.

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13th January 2020

Money Laundering

EU Money Laundering Directive is now in force.

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6th January 2020

Jenrick overhauls tenancy agreement to help end pet bans

Housing Secretary calls on landlords to make it easier for responsible tenants to have well behaved pets in their homes.

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3rd January 2020

New lettings laws for 2020

Five specific pieces of legislation that will hit the private rental sector this spring.

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3rd January 2020

Council to consult on private selective licensing scheme

Oldham council is the latest to seek an extension of a selective licensing scheme beyond its mandatory five year term.

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3rd January 2020

Housing Secretary pledges new funding to crackdown on criminal landlords

More than 100 councils across England have been awarded a share of over £4 million

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31st December 2019

National Residential Landlords Association

The new organisation formally comes into existence on the 1st January 2020

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20th December 2019

Abolition of Section 21 & New Lifetime Deposit Scheme

The government's Queen's Speech has confirmed that these will be amongst other changes in a new Renters' Reform

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13th December 2019

Three letting agencies expelled from The Property Ombudsman

In each case the agency failed to honour a payment as instructed by The Property Ombudsman

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12th December 2019

The Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Holding Deposits) (Specified Information) (Wales) Regulations 2019 (the Replacement Regulations)

The Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Specified Information) (Wales) Regulations 2019 due to take effect tomorrow (Friday 13th) have been amended

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12th December 2019

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

RICS reports another decline in the stock of rental properties.

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12th December 2019

Council opens lettings agency

Luton council has opened a High Street lettings and estate agency.

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10th December 2019

Humberts to be placed into administration

One of the country's oldest estate agents is to be placed into administration.

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10th December 2019

HMO fine cut by over £28,000

A landlord threatened with a £31,499 fine over breaches at a HMO has had the penalty cut to just £3,300.

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10th December 2019

Deposit Protection Service

Four things you need to know when starting a new tenancy.

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6th December 2019

New matrix to help with the tenant fee ban

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme and ARLA have published a matrix to help agents and landlords with the effects of the tenant fees ban in both England and Wales.

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29th November 2019

GDPR violations

A real estate company has been hit by a fine of 14.5 million euros for the unlawful storage of old tenant data.

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28th November 2019

Renters contents insurance

Two-Thirds of Renters do not have contents insurance to protect their personal property or themselves from theft, fire, weather, or liability.

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20th November 2019

The Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Specified Information) (Wales) Regulations 2019

Regulations have been laid in the National Assembly for Wales and if not annulled, could come into force in 19 days' time.

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19th November 2019

Latest Rental Index October 2019

Average rents across the UK rose by 2.7% in October 2019 when compared to the same month a year previously; the average monthly rent is now £953.

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18th November 2019

Labour drops Right to Buy plans

Labour drops plans to allow tenants to buy out private landlords.

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18th November 2019

HMRC quiz tenants over landlords' tax

Tenants are being asked about the tax status of their landlords by HMRC.

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15th November 2019

Rent Controls

The Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick MP said he is 'not in favour' of rent controls.

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14th November 2019

London council calls for ban on lettings boards

Camden Council has outlined plans to ban all 'to let' signs in the borough.

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14th November 2019

NEF proposals on private rental sector

New Economic Foundation has come up with proposals to scrap Section 21 eviction powers and cap rents.

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14th November 2019

RICS issues a warning to government

A stark warning to government to stop meddling in the private rental sector.

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13th November 2019

Council to trail digital checks on agents

Nottingham city council is leading the trial of a new digital platform that checks if agents, landlords and properties are compliant.

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13th November 2019

Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Act 2019

A consultation on default fees and prescribed information for holding deposits in the private rented sector.

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12th November 2019

Stability in the buy-to-let market

The latest report from Paragon has revealed buy-to-let borrowing is stable despite a slowdown in the overall mortgage market.

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11th November 2019

Proportion of overseas based landlords halves since 2010

The proportion of homes let by an international landlord in Great Britain has halved.

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8th November 2019

Sadiq Khan repeats his call for rent controls

Renters in Islington are paying £3000.00 a year more than they were in 2012, new figures show

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8th November 2019

Scottish Government to clampdown on Airbnb properties

Number of Airbnb properties triples in three years.

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8th November 2019

Citizen Advice calls on government to reform the rental sector

Citizens Advice wants the next government to take action and alter the private rental sector in favour of tenants.

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7th November 2019

Landlord found guilty following a breach of HMO licencing rules

The buy-to-let landlord in Lincolnshire has been ordered to pay £1,200.

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7th November 2019

Landlords plan to use limited companies to buy property

Almost two-thirds of landlords planning to add to their portfolio will use limited companies to buy property.

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7th November 2019

Third of renters believe they will rent for life

Around 40 per cent of tenants currently in the private rental sector believe they will never be able to buy their own home.

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7th November 2019

Labour tones down tenant Right to Buy plan

Labour's John McDonnell has toned down the proposal to oblige landlords to sell their buy to let properties to tenants which was unveiled in September.

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6th November 2019

HomeLet and LetAlliance merge as impact of tenant fees ban is felt across industry

HomeLet, Rentshield and Let Alliance will now all operate under the Barbon insurance broker umbrella.

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6th November 2019

Social housing in Scotland to be more energy efficient

Tenants across Scotland to benefit from £3 million in funding.

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6th November 2019

A shortage in home lets is driving up rental prices to record levels

The pool of rental properties is shrinking and as a result rental prices are rising.

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6th November 2019

Private Rented Sector Innovation and Enforcement Grant

The government's prospectus details how local authorities can access the Private Rented Sector Innovation and Enforcement Grant funding.

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5th November 2019

Manchester council invite agents to suggest ways on improving rental sector policies

Lettings agents are being invited to tell the big city council how to improve its private rental sector strategy.

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5th November 2019

RLA - Regulations imposed on landlords increase by a third

The number of laws creating an obligation on private landlords has increased by 32 percent since 2010.

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5th November 2019

Housing Minister unveils £30 Million boost for 'Construction Corridor'

The government is developing a construction industry which will deliver Carbon Free Homes and create jobs & career opportunities for a new workforce.

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30th October 2019

Landlord fined almost £6000.00 by Ashford Borough Council

A buy-to-let landlord has been ordered to pay almost £6,000 after the council was unable to determine if his property was occupied by multiple tenants.

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25th October 2019

PRS Landlord electrical checks look likely from 2020

The government has laid further regulations under the Housing and Planning Act 2016.

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24th October 2019

£38 million Homes England funding

Government housing agency Homes England has agreed funding deals worth £38.2 million with six local authorities.

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24th October 2019

UK build-to-rent sector grows by 20 percent year-on-year to 148000 homes

Research published today by the British Property Federation (BPF) shows that there are now 148,046 build-to-rent homes complete, under construction or in planning across the UK

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23rd October 2019

Airbnb probed by UK tax authorities

Home rentals site Airbnb has warned a tax inquiry by HM Revenue & Customs could lead to legal proceedings.

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22nd October 2019

Agents could potentially be sued under selective licensing laws

David Kirwan, from Kirwans law firm, says agents could be prosecuted either alongside or instead of landlords for failing to license properties on their books.

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16th October 2019

Rents rise at half the level of earnings according to a new Zoopla report

Renting a property is becoming more affordable with costs rising at half of the level of earnings growth.

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11th October 2019

UK rents rise below inflation

Average UK rents have risen well below inflation according to the Deposit Protection Service

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10th October 2019

Houses in multiple occupation and residential property licensing reform

Government guidance for local housing authorities on extending mandatory licensing of housing in multiple occupation.

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2nd October 2019

UK's greatest rental price growth over the last five years

Fresh analysis shows that York, Manchester and Ipswich have seen the strongest rental price growth during the five year period.

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30th September 2019

Airbnb landlords abandon short-term letting in Edinburgh

An increasing amount of Airbnb owners are moving away from short-term letting in favour of traditional residential letting.

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26th September 2019

The role of refurbishment in buy to let

Latest reports from InterBay Commercial show landlords spend £12000.00 per refurbishment.

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20th September 2019

More landlords say tenant demand is growing

Some 29% of landlords say that tenant demand is growing or booming.

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20th September 2019

Government consultation to remove Section 21

This consultation seeks views on implementing the government's decision to remove Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 and improving section 8 eviction grounds.

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19th September 2019

Reductions in rent arrears due to direct payments to landlords

Direct payment of Universal Credit to landlords contributed the most to reductions in rent arrears

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18th September 2019

RLA and NLA landlord associations to merge

The UK's two largest landlord associations have announced a merger.

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17th September 2019

Average Rent in UK up 2.3%

Rents in Great Britain increased by an average of 2.3% year-on-year in August.

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12th September 2019

Deposits could be made transferable between landlords

Tenants could be permitted to transfer a deposit between landlords when moving property

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4th September 2019

Labour could give private tenants chance to buy their rented homes

A Labour government could bring in a radical 'right-to-buy' scheme for private tenants.

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23rd August 2019

Private Rented Sector (PRS)

Government interference is harming the private rented sector in the UK

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16th August 2019

Council Secures Funding to Target Rogue Landlords

Bristol council have secured nearly £200,000 of funding from the Government's Controlling Migration Fund to tackle rogue landlords who exploit immigrants

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15th August 2019

The Property Ombudsman expels six agencies

Six agencies expelled from TPO after failing to comply with parts of the TPO Codes of Practice

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14th August 2019

Government Blocks Licensing Scheme

Stoke on Trent city council has been refused permission to introduce a licensing scheme...

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14th August 2019

Fees Ban Wales

The fees ban comes into force next month...

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13th August 2019

Universal Credit - Electronic UC47

Volunteer for trial of electronic UC47

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18th June 2019

Landlord Registration - Scotland

On the 16th September 2019 new regulations are due to come into force requiring landlords to provide more detailed information...

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23rd April 2019

Fifth Money Laundering Directive (5MLD)

The government has launched a consultation on updated anti-money laundering

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23rd April 2019

Right Move bans 'No DSS'

Rightmove has fallen in line with Zoopla and is banning the term 'No DSS' from its listings.

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17th April 2019

Intention to end 'No Fault' Section 21 notices

Government announces end to unfair evictions...

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15th April 2019

Update to The Renting Homes (Wales)(Fees, etc) Bill

The ban on fees in Wales will commence on 1st September 2019

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1st April 2019

The Rent Homes (Fees, etc) (Wales) Bill

The bill has passed Stage 4 in the Welsh Assembly...

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1st April 2019

Client Money Protection

From Aptil 1st 2019, all letting agents in England will be required to belong to a 'client money protection scheme'...

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26th March 2019

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018

FAH18 came into force on 20th March 2019

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22nd March 2019

Welsh Fee Ban

The Renting Homes (Fees etc.)(Wales) Bill will now progress to stage 4

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15th March 2019

Zoopla to end Housing Benefit Discrimination

People receiving Housing Benefit can no longer be barred...

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1st March 2019

Right to Rent

Right to rent checks breach human rights - High Court

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25th February 2019

Tenant Fees Act 2019

The Government have introduced a 'Tenant Fees Act' which bans fees paid by tenants

The ban on tenant fees will come into effect on 1st June, 2019

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18th January 2019

Making Tax Digital

HMRC's 'Making Tax Digital' Comes Into Effect on the 1st April, 2019

In the first instance, all VAT Registered businesses will be required to use the new Making Tax Digital system to submit VAT returns...

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19th December 2018

Gas Safety Regulations

There is now a degree of flexibility for annual gas checks

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8th October 2018

Section 21 Notice

With effect from Monday 1st October the requirement to serve different forms of the Section 21 notice has changed

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20th September 2018

Scottish Letting Agent Registration

October 1st is the deadline for agents to submit their application to join the Scottish Letting Agent Register

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16th July 2018

Three Year Tenancy Plans

A minimum tenancy term of three years would be introduced under government proposals.

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2nd March 2018

Data Protection

G.D.P.R. Compliance

As you may be aware, the General Data Protection Regulation (G.D.P.R.) comes into force in May this year...

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2nd February 2018

Scottish Legislative Information

From 31st January 2018 all letting agents operating in Scotland must comply with the Letting Agent Code of Practice...

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17th January 2018

UK Banking Regulation Changes to Credit Card Surcharges

As you may be aware, along with other significant changes to the UK Banking Regulations, the charging of fees for payment by credit card...

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14th January 2018

Lettings Legal Update Course

Available throughout February 2018

Presented by Darrel Kwong, the lettings guru, who has trained over 2500 letting agents on the legal and compliance side of lettings. C.A.R.L. clients wishing to take part in the course will receive a further discount...

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26th October 2017

Scottish Legislative Update

Keeping you up to date with changes in the sector

Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016...

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