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What Counts as a Storey for Mandatory Licensing?

What counts as a storey? The definition of a storey for the purpose of mandatory licensing contained in The Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Prescribed Descriptions) (England) Order 2006 is worthy of a closer look as a couple of relatively recent decisions have explained this order in more detail. The legislation Mandatory ...

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

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

What Happens at the End of a Fixed Term – To Renew or Not To Renew

Fixed term tenancy In most cases a tenancy will have been granted by a landlord to a tenant for some fixed term. Sometimes this is known as a term certain or initial period but the Housing Act 1988 refers to it as being a fixed term tenancy. It used to be the case under section 20 Housing Act 1988 that the fixed term had to be for a minimum period of 6 months and a special prescribed notice be given before any tenancy was granted but this rule was removed for all tenancies granted on or after 28 February 1997. [1] Since 1997, a fixed term can be granted for any period a landlord and tenant wishes to agree and sometimes we recommend a 3 month fixed term. In fact, no fixed term needs to be provided whatsoever and a periodic tenancy could be granted from the outset.
An Agent’s Guide To Rent Smart Wales Registration And Licensing

An Agent’s Guide To Rent Smart Wales Registration And Licensing

We have also produced a guide especially for landlords here. From 23 November 2016, the licensing provisions in Wales commenced. There was a 12 month grace period for agents to comply. The licensing is operated and enforced by Cardiff City Council under the name of Rent Smart Wales. Any person who performs lettings or property management ...

Length of Fixed Term

The length of the fixed term to give is really whatever you feel comfortable with. When the Housing Act 1988 came into force, it used to be the case that a minimum term of six months was required under section 20 Housing Act 1988. However, section 96 Housing Act 1996 abolished this rule for all new tenancies from 27 February 1997 by inserting
A Landlords Guide To Rent Smart Wales, Registration And Licensing

A Landlords Guide To Rent Smart Wales, Registration And Licensing

We have also produced a guide especially for agents here. The requirement to register and obtain a licence in Wales commenced on 23 November 2016. The registration and licensing is operated and enforced by Cardiff City Council under the name of Rent Smart Wales. There was a 12 month period starting 23 November 2015 for landlords to register

Fire Safety Guidance – Purpose Built Blocks of Flats

The Local Government (LG) Group has led work to develop important new sector-led guidance on fire safety in purpose-built blocks of flats. This was after landlords articulated a number of concerns about how best they can deliver an appropriate level of fire safety in purpose-built blocks of flats. LG Group has worked alongside local ...

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 ...

The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988

The Regulations are made under the Consumer Protection Act 1987 and were amended in 1989 and 1993. The Regulations set new levels of fire resistance for domestic upholstered furniture, furnishings and other products containing upholstery. Landlords and letting agents are included under the scope of the regulations. In 1993 amended regulations

Do I need safety certificate on new boiler?

Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 / 2451 The regulations require landlords to have a gas safety certificate at no more than 12 monthly intervals Do I need a gas safety certificate on a newly installed boiler? No, r36(3)(a) states that an appliance only needs testing within 12 months from installation. "36(3)(a) ensure that