Legislation and compliance news and guides for letting agents and estate agents

Keeping the lettings industry up to date with the latest on legislation and compliance in the private rented sector.

7 December 2021

Sean Hooker: 6 key insights from the "Lettings and the legal tsunami" panel

From landlord registration and redress, to enforcement and consumer rights - Sean Hooker, Head of Redress at the Property Redress Scheme, delves into a panel at the Negotiator Conference 2021, to highlight the expert speakers' top lettings legislation insights.

6 December 2021

Q&A: A look ahead at lettings legislation in 2022 with Robert Bolwell

Robert Bolwell, Senior Partner at Dutton Gregory, answers your questions on the upcoming legislation that agents and landlords need to consider in 2022.

24 November 2021

Your guide to the extended regulations on domestic smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

The government has confirmed an extension to the regulations for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, which will include requiring landlords to install a smoke alarm in social rented homes, and private and social landlords to install carbon monoxide alarms in any room where a fixed combustion appliance is used.

22 November 2021

Your guide to key lettings legislation dates for agents and landlords in 2022 and beyond

From the end of the temporary Covid-adjusted right to rent checks to Making Tax Digital for VAT returns, landlords are going to need letting agents' guidance more than ever in 2022 when it comes to compliance.

15 November 2021

What could nationwide landlord registration and licensing in England mean for your landlords?

As the government considers a national landlord registration scheme in England as part of the proposals under the Renters' Reform Bill, Simon Tillyer, Director at Vouch, explains where we're at and what the future of landlord licensing and registration may be.

9 November 2021

Upcoming changes to business rates for short-term lets and holiday rentals

The government has confirmed that it's consulting on new legislation around the business rates that holiday rentals pay, to help regulate the types of businesses that can adopt this small business rates relief. Here's what your letting agency should know.

8 November 2021

Your guide to the proposals to increase the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

The Minimum Energy Performance of Buildings bill to increase the minimum energy efficiency standards for private rented properties to EPC Band C on new tenancies by 2028 is awaiting a second reading in the House of Lords - while an EPC action plan has been published to support these recommendations.

3 November 2021

Your guide to rights and responsibilities for repairs in private rented properties

Whether running regular maintenance or needing to carry out emergency repairs in a property occupied by tenants, here are your landlords' and your letting agency's rights and responsibilities.

3 November 2021

Your guide to keeping private rental properties safe

When managing your landlords' properties, you may be responsible for ensuring certain measures are in place to stay compliant and keep your tenants' safe, including gas, fire, and electrical checks, and energy efficiency inspections.

28 October 2021

Renters' Reform Bill: White paper on proposals delayed until 2022 [+ video]

The White Paper on the Renters' Reform Bill, set to include proposals for abolishing Section 21, improving Section 8, and introducing Lifetime Deposits, has been delayed for release until 2022.

Sean Hooker: 6 key insights from the "Lettings and the legal tsunami" panel

Posted by Sean Hooker on 07 December 2021

“Everything changes but change itself. Everything flows and nothing remains the same...You cannot step twice into the same river, for other waters and yet others go flowing ever on." This quote, attributed to Heraclitus the Greek philosopher, could be used to describe the challenges facing the property agent sector over the last decade or so, but certainly will be the mantra for the years to come.

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Q&A: A look ahead at lettings legislation in 2022 with Robert Bolwell

Posted by The Goodlord team on 06 December 2021

Robert Bolwell, Senior Partner at Dutton Gregory, joined Goodlord's CEO, William Reeve, in a CPD certified webinar, Lettings legislation in 2022: Looking ahead, to discuss the latest developments in the Regulation of Property Agents, the Renters' Reform Bill, and the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards.

CONTENTS

1. Regulation of Property Agents

2. Renters' Reform Bill

3. Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

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Your guide to the extended regulations on domestic smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 24 November 2021

Following a consultation on the government’s proposals to extend regulations on domestic smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in both social and private rented accommodation, the government has now confirmed its plans amend the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015. The new regulations will make smoke alarms mandatory in all social rented homes, carbon monoxide alarms will need to be fitted in all rented properties with gas boilers or fires and in all rooms with a fixed combustion device - plus all landlords will be required to fix faulty alarms once informed of any issue.

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Your guide to key lettings legislation dates for agents and landlords in 2022 and beyond

Posted by The Goodlord team on 22 November 2021

Although there are fewer Covid-related deadlines on the horizon for 2022, there's still plenty going on in lettings legislation. Right to rent checks will return to normal, and landlords and agents alike will need to start digitising their systems for Making Tax Digital. Plus, you'll need to keep tabs on the evolving energy crisis and plans to increase minimum energy efficiency standards - and prepare for the Renters' Reform Bill white paper, expected to land in early 2022.

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What could nationwide landlord registration and licensing in England mean for your landlords?

Posted by Simon Tillyer on 15 November 2021

Letting and estate agents are being called upon to professionalise and become accredited through the announced - but still not official - Regulation of Property Agents (RoPA). Now, the question of landlords being registered or licensed across England is starting to gain some momentum, and is expected to be addressed in the Renters' Reform Bill white paper. Other nations in the UK already have this type of system in place so, the first order of business: understanding the current lay of the land.

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Upcoming changes to business rates for short-term lets and holiday rentals

Posted by Suzy Lycett on 09 November 2021

The government has confirmed plans to "legislate to require that holiday rentals meet an actual letting threshold before being assessed for business rates" in England. Any new regulations will aim to ensure that "only genuine holiday businesses can access the rate relief for small businesses". This also follows the government's commitment in June 2021 to look into the possibility of a "tourist accommodation registration scheme" in England, through the Tourism Recovery Plan.

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Your guide to the proposals to increase the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 08 November 2021

The government wants to raise the minimum energy efficiency standards to EPC Band C by 2025 for new tenancies in private rented homes and by 2028 for all tenancies to improve the overall energy performance of the private rented sector in England and Wales. The consultation on the proposals ran until 8 January 2021 and they feature in the Minimum Energy Performance of Buildings bill, which is now awaiting its second reading in the House of Lords. In line with the consultation, the government has announced a plan of action for how to improve the use and performance of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs), which includes updating the Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations 2012 (EPB Regulations) in 2022.

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Your guide to rights and responsibilities for repairs in private rented properties

Posted by DAS UK on 03 November 2021

While you have tenants in your landlords' rental properties, you have certain responsibilities to them as their agent and property manager, one of the most important of which is to carry out certain repairs when necessary. Your tenants have the right to live in a property which is safe and in good condition, so you need to ensure that you take action if they contact you over any issues.

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Your guide to keeping private rental properties safe

Posted by DAS UK on 03 November 2021

Being a property manager is not as simple as just letting people move into your landlord's property in exchange for payment. You need to ensure that any property you fully manage and let on your landlords' behalf is safe and in good condition; as a result you have a number of responsibilities to your tenants.

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Renters' Reform Bill: White paper on proposals delayed until 2022 [+ video]

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 28 October 2021

The White Paper on the Renters' Reform Bill, slated by the government for release in autumn this year, has now been delayed until 2022, according to the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. The Bill reappeared on the government's agenda when it confirmed its intentions to "enhance the rights of those who rent" in the Queen's Speech. In the briefing notes to the speech, the government announced that the White Paper would outline its "reform package" for the private rented sector, which is set to include abolishing Section 21 and the introduction of lifetime deposits - with legislation to follow in due course. In a letter to contributors to the White Paper, the government said the extension would "not only allow us to benefit from continued work with the sector but will also allow us to carefully consider the findings of the National Audit Office’s review of regulation of the sector which is due to report in the coming months". 

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