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Preparing Your Business for the Coronavirus

The current strain of coronavirus, known as 2019-nCoV, is part of the same family of viruses that includes the common cold and SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). There are now three confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the UK and the outbreak has spread across China and to at least 18 countries globally.If the new strain ... Continue reading

Ethical Veganism is a Protected Characteristic

Earlier this month, an employment tribunal ruled that ethical veganism is a non-religious philosophical belief that should be protected under the Equality Act 2010. For a belief to be protected under the Act, it must meet several tests including being worthy of respect in a democratic society, being compatible with human dignity ... Continue reading

New Draft Regulations on Mandatory Electrical Safety Checks

Further to our blog post in October last year (which can be found here), the Government has now published The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020, which impose duties on private landlords of residential properties in England in respect of electrical safety standards.These regulatio ... Continue reading

Letting Agents and Money Laundering Regulations

New money laundering regulations come into effect on 10 January 2020, bringing certain letting agents (dealing with residential and/or commercial property) within the scope of money laundering legislation.The Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Amendment) Regulations 2019 were passed on 20 December 2019. These regulations ... Continue reading

New Lettings Regulations for Wales – Pre-Holding-Deposit Information

The Welsh Government has passed new regulations on the information to be provided before a holding deposit can be taken by a landlord or a letting agent to secure a tenancy.Following on from our blog on the Welsh Government’s response to the consultation on the tenant fees ban in Wales (which can be found here), the Welsh Govern ... Continue reading

Welsh Government Responds to Tenant Fees Ban Consultation

Following our blog in July on the consultation on default fees and prescribed information relating to the tenant fees ban in Wales (which can be found here), the Welsh Government has now issued its response.The response confirms that, following the responses given, the Welsh Government intends to bring forward regulations in two ... Continue reading

Government Consultations on Energy Efficiency

The UK is the first major economy to pass laws to stop all of its greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. In order to meet this target, the Government will need to take a number of steps. The Government has recently launched the following three consultations (with further consultations to follow) to advance the reduction of carbon emi ... Continue reading

Secretary of State Now Has Power to Make Regulations on Electrical Safety Checks

New regulations have been passed which give the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government powers (from 25 October 2019) to impose duties on private residential landlords in England to carry out mandatory electrical safety checks when premises are occupied under a tenancy.The Housing and Planning Act 2016 s ... Continue reading

Proposed Regulation of Property Agents

The Government has now received its report from The Regulation of Property Agents (RoPA) working group, which the Government had commissioned last year. The Government asked the RoPA to advise them on whether “Property Agents” in England (which includes letting agents, managing agents, estate agents, online agents, and auctionee ... Continue reading

Law Commission Report on the Electronic Execution of Documents

Following our blog back in September 2018 on the Law Commission Consultation (available here), the Law Commission has now issued its report on the electronic execution of documents.The report confirms that current laws permit electronic signatures, but that the law is not very accessible to non-lawyers and businesses. The aim of ... Continue reading

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