Change to Rent Book Prescribed Information in Wales
Where a person occupies premises and the rent is payable weekly, a landlord must provide a rent book . Such a rent book must contain the name and address of the landlord and where the tenancy is an assured or assured shorthold tenancy, it must also contain notice of such matters as may be prescribed and the notice must be in the prescribed ...
Common Law Distress For Rent Abolished
In the modern day, distress for rent (a remedy which enables a landlord to recover arrears of rent by seizing property found in premises subject to a tenancy) has limited application in residential property cases. This is mainly because the courts permission is required before distress for rent can be levied where the tenancy is assured or ...
Welsh Government Consultation Events on Model Contracts
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
Deposits Taken Before April 2007 and Section 21 Notices
Since Superstrike we look at most deposit cases that have not been answered yet and assume what is the very worst outcome possible and what was the least intention of Parliament. Once you start to think like that, you generally arrive at the correct answer to the question. Here again we have the same thing happened in Charalambous & Anor ...
Council Selective Licensing Powers Reined In
Government plans to curb the powers of local councils to designate selective licensing for private rented homes. In two key policy documents laid before Parliament, Housing Minister Brandon Lewis has thrown down the gauntlet to local authorities attempting to apply blanket licencing schemes without good reason. The Selective Licensing of ...
Watch Out For Mansion Tax As ATED Rules Change
Landlords who own homes with a limited company need to watch out for a change in the rules that could see them unwittingly paying mansion tax. Mansion tax, or the Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings (ATED), was first collected in 2013 against homes worth £2 million or more on homes that are empty or lived in by someone connected with the ...
Londoners Win Right To Rent Out Homes As Holiday Lets
Controversial planning laws that stopped Londoners renting out their homes as holiday lets are scrapped from 27 May 2015. Housing Minister Brandon Lewis welcomed the measure that brings short-term letting laws for the capital in line with the rest of the UK. The change means Londoners no longer have to apply for permission to let their homes
Landlords are reminded of the need to register with Rent Smart Wales
The law in Wales now requires private landlords to register themselves and their properties with Rent Smart Wales. (more…)
Stamp Duty In Wales To Be Scrapped For New Land Tax
Welsh politicians are expected to scrap stamp duty in favour of a new land transaction tax in the first step towards devolving tax raising powers from Westminster to Cardiff. (more…)
Walsall landlord prosecuted for putting tenants at risk
Thanks to Painsmith Blog for this one. A Walsall landlord has been sentenced for failing to provide a gas safety certificate. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Khalid Hussain following a complaint from a tenant and her partner, who rent a house at Raleigh Street, Walsall from him. Walsall Magistrates’ Court heard that the ...