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Right to Rent: Fines Update

Right to Rent: Fines Update

Landlords must undertake Right to Rent checks under the Immigration Act 2014. Fines for failing to carry out checks have recently increased substantially. Landlords with no previous breaches face fines of £5000 per lodger or £10,000 per tenant and those with previous breaches, £10,000 per lodger and £20,000 per tenant. Find out more here. ... Continue reading
Renters Reform Bill Update - Are We Nearly There Yet?

Renters Reform Bill Update - Are We Nearly There Yet?

In its recent White Paper on rental reform, the Government proposed the abolition of s21 no fault evictions and fixed term residential tenancies. The Renters Reform Bill has done just that, putting more reliance on s8 of the Housing Act 1988 and expanding its grounds for evictions. What will this mean for landlords and tenants? Continue reading
Proposed reforms for the private rented sector: An update on the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee’s Report

Proposed reforms for the private rented sector: An update on the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee’s Report

The UK Government seeks to provide a fairer balance between the interests of landlords and tenants. Do their proposed reforms achieve this goal? Continue reading
Landlord and Agent News - Updated “How to Rent - The Checklist for Renting in England” Booklet

Landlord and Agent News - Updated “How to Rent - The Checklist for Renting in England” Booklet

Eight years ago, rules were introduced making it mandatory to provide tenants with a range of information at the start of a new tenancy. This includes the Government’s “How to Rent” booklet, which was updated in March 2023. Read more about the changes to the booklet here. Continue reading

Ground Rents Abolished for New Long Residential Leases

From 30 June 2022, anyone buying a new long residential lease in England or Wales (which has been granted for a premium) will not be charged ground rents under the Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Act 2022.Ground rents are often found in long leases (granted for a term of more than 21 years) and are annual payments a tenant must m ... Continue reading

The Register of Overseas Entities – Buying Land in the UK

New Registration Requirements for Overseas Entities Buying Land in the UKFor several years, the UK government has sought to cut property fraud and money laundering activity in the UK. One key element they have focused on is making the ownership of property in the UK more transparent. Overseas entities have sought to invest in pr ... Continue reading

Occupation Contracts - The New Form of Tenancy Agreement Under the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016

The Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 (“the Act”) (passed six years ago) will be coming into force on 15 July 2022. This Act will fundamentally change the current system for letting residential property in Wales.The change has been introduced to simplify the letting process and make it easier for contract-holders (the new term for ... Continue reading

Formalities for Signing Tenancy Deposit Protection Prescribed Information

Since 06 April 2007, landlords of assured shorthold tenancies in England and Wales have been legally required to protect their tenants’ deposits in an authorised tenancy deposit scheme within 14 days of receipt of the deposit monies. Landlords must also provide tenants with prescribed information about the scheme (which contains ... Continue reading

Anticipated Changes for Property in 2022

2022 is set to see more legislative and regulatory change for both residential and commercial property in England and Wales.In this blog post we look at anticipated changes and recent government announcements. It is not a conclusive list, and we have focused on those matters of particular relevance to our customers. As we have s ... Continue reading

Draft Bill for Ring-Fencing Commercial Rent Debt Now Published

Following up on September’s post, New Rent Debt Ring-Fencing Legislation, (which looked at the Government’s intention to set out legislation to deal with commercial rent arrears built up during the pandemic), this post looks at the Government’s much-anticipated draft Bill to address this issue.The Bill (expected to come into for ... Continue reading

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