New or Changing Landlord and Tenant Legislation

Proposals To Prevent Retaliatory Evictions – The Tenancies (Reform) Bill

Posted by on November 28, 2014 in Consultation, New Legislation, News, Possession, Repairing Obligations | 2 comments

The below Bill has failed in Parliament 28 November 2014 so no longer applies (for the time-being!) See this post: The Tenancies (Reform) Bill has been published which is intended to protect tenants against retaliatory evictions. The Bill is accompanied by some explanatory notes. As our subscribers and regular readers are aware, we don’t like to get too involved in speculation or writing extensive articles on Bills at a very early stage because without exception, they end up totally different by the end. We cover...

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Ground 7A Introduced By Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014

Posted by on November 26, 2014 in Anti-Social, New Legislation, News, Possession | 0 comments

Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 We have previously reported on a rather useful new ground that has been added to the grounds available for landlords to seek possession. Contained in the same Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 is a further ground which commenced in England on 20 October 2014 and in Wales on 21 October 2014. More commonly landlords and agents will be familiar with grounds 8, 10 and 11 available for rent arrears. The new ground “7A” is introduced by section 97 and like ground 8 is...

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Registration and Licensing In Wales – Housing (Wales) Act 2014

Posted by on October 19, 2014 in Granting a Tenancy, New Legislation, Possession | 2 comments

As previously reported, the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 (the “Act”) received Royal assent in September. A commencement date has not been announced yet but it’s possibly autumn 2015. The Act is a means of ensuring the registering and licensing of all landlords and agents who let or manage property in Wales. Whether a licence is required or simply registration depends on the circumstances which are considered below. As is the modern way, much of the legislation will be provided for by secondary legislation made under the Act...

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Our Property Management Arm Has Joined A Redress Scheme

Posted by on September 26, 2014 in Agents, New Legislation | 0 comments

As many are aware, not only do we run the Guild of Residential Landlords but we are also a landlord too. Further, we manage my parents properties and another 2 properties are managed on behalf of other clients. This means that our property management business even though it doesn’t really earn much still needs to be registered with a redress scheme. We have today gone with The Property Redress Scheme because I rather like their pricing structure. They charge £95.00 plus VAT per annum and then you pay as you go for complaints. The...

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The Housing (Wales) Act 2014 Receives Royal Assent

Posted by on September 18, 2014 in New Legislation, News | 0 comments

The Housing (Wales) Act 2014 has been passed by the National Assembly for Wales and it received Royal assent on 17 September 2014. Lesley Griffiths, Minister with responsibility for Housing and Regeneration said: The Act will have a positive impact and make a difference to people’s lives. Tackling inequality, poverty and enabling social justice are at the heart of the Act. It has received widespread support from organisations and individuals from inside and outside the housing sector and is something of which we should be proud. As...

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Redress Schemes for Lettings Agency and Property Management Work

Posted by on August 31, 2014 in Agents, New Legislation | 6 comments

As previously reported, from 1 October 2014 all agents who carry out letting agency or property management works will be required to join a redress scheme. The legislation appears at first glance to be remarkably straightforward for brand new legislation. This is perhaps because it will be up to the schemes themselves to monitor complaints and provide redress within their rules. As such, all the legislation needs to do is ensure the correct people are caught and required to join. The legislation applies to England only. Introduction The...

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Property Agents Must Join Redress Scheme By 1st October

Posted by on August 30, 2014 in Agents, New Legislation, News | 0 comments

The Department of Communities and Local Government has announced that the mandatory redress scheme which all letting and managing agents must become a member of will commence from 1 October 2014. By this date, all agents in England must belong to an approved redress scheme. Currently there are three redress schemes which have been approved by Government namely: Property Redress Scheme The Property Ombudsman Ombudsman Services – Property Sean Hooker, Head of Redress at the Property Redress Scheme said: We are delighted to be launching...

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Welsh Government Consultation Events on Model Contracts

Posted by on August 7, 2014 in Consultation, New Legislation, News | 2 comments

The Welsh Government has previously produced a Renting Homes White Paper which includes a proposal for new types of contract when letting dwellings in Wales. One such contract is proposed to be a ‘standard contract’ which is “modelled on the assured shorthold tenancy that is used mainly in the private rented sector”. The Welsh Government are seeking views on the layout and format of the model contract: While detailed work is under way on drafting the Bill, taking into account the White Paper responses and other stakeholder comments, we also...

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Guild AST & Council Tax Legislation… Valuation Tribunal – Contractual Periodic Tenancy Case

Posted by on August 2, 2014 in Council Tax, Members Questions, New Legislation, Tenants Notice to Quit | 3 comments

Great to see you have addressed the : “Council Tax Material Interest Contractual Periodic Tenancy” issue which landlords face due to tenants vacating & not giving property notice to vacate (like the majority of Housing Benefit Tenants in my experience). Your link here : ** QUERY ** Assume Landlord does a 6 month fixed term AST using your contract, rent due monthly on 1st of the month. Landlord finds out on day 3 of month 9 that their...

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Proposed Tenancy Deposit Legislation Amendment – Deregulation Bill

Posted by on June 26, 2014 in New Legislation, News, Tenancy Deposit | 3 comments

Please note, there has been a number of amendments a few hours after publication and this article should be read again if it was read on the day of publication (26 June 2014). See the new summary below   We reported a month ago about a proposed amendment to tenancy deposit legislation which would remove the effects of Superstrike and in particular, the necessity to issue prescribed information again when a tenancy goes statutory periodic. In addition, that proposal would require all deposits taken pre April 2007 to be protected within 90...

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