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DCLG Model Tenancy Agreement and Code of Practice

The other day, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) announced a couple of new measures which will put: ... power in the hands of people to get the deal they , without punishing the vast majority of good landlords while still encouraging more investment in the sector. The first measure is a model assured shorthold ...

Basic Law for Lettings Course in Harrogate 1 October 2014

Training for Professionals are providing a number of courses throughout September, October and November. Due it's locality, I'm hosting the basic law for Lettings course in Harrogate on 1 October 2014 for which I know there are a couple of places currently available. Guild members can call them to book this course, provide your subscriber ...

Property Redress Scheme FAQ

Introduction The Property Redress Scheme has put together a FAQ guide to their scheme for letting and property management agents. 1. What is the Property Redress Scheme? The Property Redress Scheme is a new Government-approved redress scheme, one of three, which it will be compulsory to join by the end of this year. The Property Redress ...

Property Agents Must Join Redress Scheme By 1st October

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

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

New Website Access FAQ and Guide

We have today added a new website access guidance page which should assist with all aspects of accessing our website including login problems. Please take time to consult this guide before contacting us about login problems whenever possible. A link to the page is available on many key pages including in the footer of the website.

Advanced Notification of Reduced Help-Desk For Short Period

As many of you are aware, Rachel and I were married last year. It’s taken us a while to get organised but we are finally going on honeymoon! We therefore want to give you advanced notification that our help-desk support (telephone and email) will be unavailable except for emergencies between 15 and 28 July 2014 inclusive. The ask a question ...

Housing Benefit Recovery of Second Payment

Introduction Under the Housing Benefit Regulations, there are circumstances when a landlord is entitled to direct payment. Under previous rules (before Local Housing Allowance) one of those circumstances was if the tenant had made a request to pay direct to the landlord. Another example which continues to exist is if the tenant is 8 weeks or ...

New Revised Landlord Handbook

Accreditation Network UK (ANUK) publishes a very useful landlord handbook. The handbook covers every aspect of letting and is a good read for landlords and agents. The Private Rented Sector Accreditation Scheme, London Rental Standard and Wales Landlord Accreditation Scheme to name but a few, all use the handbook as the fundamental basis for ...

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 ...