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.

20 September 2021

Your guide to gas safety in private rented properties

Landlords and agents are required to undertake gas safety checks on an annual basis to ensure their properties are safe for tenants. Here's a guide to what you need to know.

6 September 2021

Sean Hooker: What can we expect from the Renters' Reform Bill White Paper?

There are many organisations in the industry that have the skills and expertise to deliver a robust and effective solution to the challenges the government is looking to solve with its Renters' Reform Bill.

26 August 2021

UPDATED: Government extends remote right to rent checks until 5 April 2022

Covid-adjusted right to rent checks will remain in place until 5 April 2022, when the government will look to introduce a permanent online solution for carrying out right to rent checks remotely for all nationalities.

23 August 2021

Vouch: Is rent control around the corner for London - and the rest of England?

Estate and letting agents and their landlords need to know that the question of rent control is back on the agenda for London - with a template that could be expanded to the rest of England and Wales.

17 August 2021

Your guide to the Fire Safety Act 2021 (England and Wales)

Landlords and letting agents should consider updating their fire risk assessments in advance of the Fire Safety Act 2021 coming into force, to ensure they are compliant for all parts outlined in the new legislation for multi-occupied, residential buildings.

16 August 2021

Furlough: The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme deadline looms at the end of September

Lettings businesses using the furlough scheme now contribute 20% of their employees' salaries until 30 September, when the scheme will close - opening the door to a potential increase in rent arrears.

2 August 2021

Sean Hooker: Joint Several Tenancy Agreements and deposit protection

A recent county court case involving a Joint Several Tenancy Agreement (JSTA) could have wider ramifications for deposit protection schemes, writes Sean Hooker.

26 July 2021

Letting a property in England, Scotland, and Wales: the key legislative differences your agency needs to know

Lettings laws and regulations vary across the borders for agents, landlords, and tenants in England, Scotland, and Wales. Here's a breakdown of what you need to know.

19 July 2021

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

The new 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 will be introduced in both Houses of Parliament this week. Recent surveys show the sector is already moving in the right direction - but it could be a costly target to reach for landlords.

14 July 2021

Vouch: The strengths and limitations of the new right to rent checking process

The new right to rent check process for EU, EEA, and Swiss tenants has been in place for agents and landlords since 1 July, helping them to take their applicants' immigration statuses into consideration through an online check - which comes with positives and negatives.

Your guide to gas safety in private rented properties

Posted by The Goodlord team on 20 September 2021

The Gas Safety Register's latest research has highlighted that seven million homes in the UK could house an unsafe gas appliance - with the potential to cause carbon monoxide poisoning, gas leaks, fires, and explosions. Landlords and agents bear the responsibility of ensuring these appliances are safe with yearly checks - or face a fine or a potential custodial sentence - under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 in England, Scotland, and Wales.

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Sean Hooker: What can we expect from the Renters' Reform Bill White Paper?

Posted by Sean Hooker on 06 September 2021

This Autumn promises to be one of the most pivotal in the rental market for a generation - or at least as far as England is concerned. Those who have been following my articles on Newsagent or watching our recent webinars, will know that after the abysmal void that Covid-19 has been for much of Government policy, we are all anticipating the publication of the White Paper on the Renters' Reform Bill and seeing if the few words and sentences of the good intentions, uttered by ministers materialises into real action.

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UPDATED: Government extends remote right to rent checks until 5 April 2022

Posted by The Goodlord team on 26 August 2021

The government has extended the end date for Covid-19 adjusted right to rent checks until 5 April 2022, which comes as a result of positive feedback about the ability to conduct checks remotely. The government has now started to review the availability of technology to support a system of digital right to rent checks in the future, with the intention of introducing "a new digital solution to include many who are unable to use the Home Office online checking service, including UK and Irish citizens". This will enable checks to continue to be conducted remotely but with enhanced security.

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Vouch: Is rent control around the corner for London - and the rest of England?

Posted by Jaime Tillyer on 23 August 2021

The topic of rent control crops up time and again when low housing stock paired with strong tenant demand pushes up rent prices, so it's no surprise that rumblings about it being reintroduced in London are getting louder.

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Your guide to the Fire Safety Act 2021 (England and Wales)

Posted by Suzy Lycett on 17 August 2021

The Fire Safety Act 2021 became law in April 2021 and clarifies which "parts of multi-occupied residential buildings" apply under the the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO) - and therefore who's responsible for maintaining fire safety for these parts. The legislation is expected to come into force by the end of 2021.

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Furlough: The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme deadline looms at the end of September

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 16 August 2021

1.3 million employers have relied on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to date to help support the cumulative total of 11.6 million of their employees' jobs during the pandemic, according to government statistics. That financial support will soon be ending - which may lead to tenants' incomes dropping and rent arrears growing.

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Sean Hooker: Joint Several Tenancy Agreements and deposit protection

Posted by Sean Hooker on 02 August 2021

Who really makes laws? Politicians or judges? A perennial question and not one we ponder much in our daily lives. I remember when the Superstrike v Rodrigues case, established that statutory periodic tenancies were new tenancies and, as such, new deposit protection was required when a tenancy lapsed into one.

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Letting a property in England, Scotland, and Wales: the key legislative differences your agency needs to know

Posted by Suzy Lycett on 26 July 2021

The rights and responsibilities of letting and estate agents, landlords, and tenants in the private rented sector across England, Scotland, and Wales vary as they can be decided at the level of each devolved government - and therefore the legislation and regulations differ too across Great Britain. So what should your agency consider when renting out your landlords' properties?

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

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 19 July 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, through the Minimum Energy Performance of Buildings bill which will be introduced in the Houses of Parliament in the week commencing 19 June 2021. The consultation on the proposals ran until 8 January 2021.

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Vouch: The strengths and limitations of the new right to rent checking process

Posted by Jaime Tillyer on 14 July 2021

In England, there's a new right to rent checking process for EU, EEA, and Swiss citizens, which has been mandatory since 1 July 2021. After months of waiting to hear what the new process would be, it's good to now have a definitive answer. It makes the checks less subjective for agents and will hopefully give agents more confidence with the simple yes or no response.

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