The Government has announced it will reveal its plans to abolish Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 under the Renters' Reform Bill, including the results of its consultation, in 2022 rather than Autumn 2021 as previously expected.
The Government's key proposals for strengthening Section 8 when Section 21 is abolished include improving or widening the current grounds for repossession, including when a landlord wants to sell a property and if their family members want to move into a property.
"Lifetime deposits" or "deposit passporting" looks set to become a reality under the Government's Renters' Reform Bill, with the proposals to be outlined in late 2021, but there are a number of operational and financial issues that would need to be resolved before they are introduced.
Changes to right to rent checks for citizens of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein are expected after 30 June 2021, according to current government guidance.
Hamilton Fraser's Paul Shamplina and Goodlord's Director of Insurance Oli Sherlock share their top tips for making sure landlords choose your fully managed service.
Letting and property agents in England must belong to a client money protection scheme by 1 April 2021, when the two-year grace period comes to an end.
The furlough scheme, self-employment support scheme, and stamp duty holiday have all been extended until the end of September 2021.
From Electrical Safety Standards through to right to rent changes as a result of Brexit - in addition to the continuing impact of Covid-19 - it's going to be another busy year and landlords are going to need letting agents' guidance more than ever when it comes to compliance.
Local authorities will have greater powers to enforce compliance on businesses operating in an unsafe way, including financial penalties, when England returns to tiered restrictions on 2 December 2020.
Julie Ford founded a property network to help new landlords become great ones - but she still believes that all landlords should use a letting agent.