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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

Why You Should be Looking at ESG - Environmental, Social and Governance

What is ESG About?“ESG” stands for “Environmental, Social and Governance”. The ESG acronym is being increasingly used as a shorthand term for a wide range of issues relevant to how a business can have a net positive impact on the world and how it can demonstrate that it is having that impact.All ESG issues relate in some way to ... 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

Working from Home & IP: Who Owns What?

When the Covid-19 pandemic began, thousands left their workplaces behind and began working from home. Over the past 18 months or so, working from home has not only become commonplace but now, as employees return to their normal places of work, it has become the preference for many. Working from home has made the long-elusive wor ... Continue reading

New Rent Debt Ring-Fencing Legislation

New Legislation to Ringfence Commercial Rent Debt Accrued During the PandemicThe Government has announced that they will introduce new legislation to deal with the commercial rent arrears which have built up as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.The legislation is expected to be introduced before the end of the moratorium on forf ... Continue reading

The IR35 Rules Have Changed Again - Should You be Worried?

Changes to the IR35 rules came into effect on 6 April 2021. This has caused quite a commotion but why, and should you be concerned? In this post, we will explore the latest changes and their impact.Media coverage of the impact of the changesMuch of the media coverage over the past months about the IR35 rules has concentrated on ... Continue reading

Renting Homes (Amendment) (Wales) Act 2021

The Renting Homes (Amendment) (Wales) Bill gained Royal Assent on 07 April 2021 (‘the Amendment Act’). The Amendment Act amends certain provisions of the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 (‘the 2016 Act’). The 2016 Act (when it comes into force) will significantly reform housing law and practice in Wales. No date has been set for w ... Continue reading

Electrical Safety Standards - Changes from 1 April 2021

The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 (‘the Regulations’) require landlords in England to have the electrical installations in their properties inspected and tested by a person who is qualified and competent, at least every five years. Landlords have to provide a copy of the elec ... Continue reading

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