Guild of Landlords Rent Digest – October 2020

Guild of Landlords Rent Digest – October 2020

Rents are still rising across the country despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy and jobs, according to the latest official data. The amount tenants pay has firmly stuck at a yearly increase of 1.4% to 1.5% for a year says the Office for National...

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Government Turns Up Heat on Cold Homes

Government Turns Up Heat on Cold Homes

Ministers want to know what landlords think about lifting the minimum energy efficiency ratings for private rented homes. The plan is to raise the minimum Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating from E to C for new tenancies from 2025 and all other tenancies by...

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Green Light For Digital Property Energy Efficiency

Green Light For Digital Property Energy Efficiency

The government has greenlighted two new digital services aimed at helping landlords and homeowners make the most of energy efficiency technology. Housing Minister Christopher Pincher launched a new service for tenants and movers that makes finding an energy...

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Understanding Possession Action During Covid-19

Understanding Possession Action During Covid-19

As recently reported, overall arrangements for possession proceedings was published (the overall arrangements) which also referenced further guidance which was to follow. This included a “pre-action plan” to be complied with by landlords before serving a notice or...

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Watchdog Tackles Leasehold Scandal

Watchdog Tackles Leasehold Scandal

A government consumer watchdog wants to stop builders from ripping off leasehold home buyers. The Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) wants four of Britain’s largest house builders to show they are not mis-selling leasehold homes and imposing unfair terms on...

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Guild of Landlords Rent Digest – September 2020

Guild of Landlords Rent Digest – September 2020

Fixing a competitive rent can make all the difference to a property business bottom line. Get it right and renting a home out can be a breeze, but get it wrong and a landlord can be saddled with paying for the running costs without any money coming in. Although a...

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Landlords Push for Repossessions Despite Evictions Ban

Landlords Push for Repossessions Despite Evictions Ban

Landlords have filed thousands of repossession claims with the courts during the COVID-19 pandemic despite an eviction ban and please for forbearance from the government. The latest data from the Ministry of Justice shows the number of possession cases started by...

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What The Latest Eviction Law Change Means For Landlords

What The Latest Eviction Law Change Means For Landlords

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has bolstered the rights of renters impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. New guidance has been published along with the updating of some previous guidance. Landlords must give six months’ notice to quit to renters in England – which...

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Arrangements for When Possession Claims Start

Arrangements for When Possession Claims Start

Reactivation Notice Where a claim for possession was filed with the court before 3 August 2020 and was stayed under the Coronavirus rules, a “reactivation notice” is required to get the claim running again. See our article about this here. The government has published...

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Possession Rules After Suspension Published

Possession Rules After Suspension Published

Update: the date of 23 August 2020 referred to below has been extended to 20 September 2020. Please see this article for details. Further update 16 September 2020: the government have published a non statutory reactivation notice which is now...

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What Landlords Need to Know About No DSS Adverts

What Landlords Need to Know About No DSS Adverts

Housing charity Shelter has won a second case against a letting agent discriminating failing to consider tenants on housing benefits seeking to rent a buy to let home. The government has already signalled new laws are on the way to ban ‘No DSS’ adverts but some...

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September Brings New Laws For Landlords

September Brings New Laws For Landlords

September sees some big changes in the law that impact landlords and tenants, including fast-track planning for home extensions and cash for improvements to make homes greener. This update wraps up all the changes including proposals to lend tenants in Scotland and...

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