4 January 2021

    Your guide to the lettings legislation dates for agents and landlords in 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.

    14 December 2020

    Lifetime deposits: Shaking up the system

    It's a year on from the Queen's speech outlining the Renter’s Reform Bill, including lifetime deposits. Here's an extract from our latest e-book, Your guide to lettings and the law, Vol II, to look at the sentiment around this deposit passporting concept.

    30 November 2020

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

    The proposals include requiring social landlords to ensure at least one smoke alarm is installed on each storey of buildings; requiring carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted alongside the installation of fixed combustion appliances; and requiring private and social landlords to install carbon monoxide alarms in any room where a fixed combustion appliance is used.

    17 November 2020

    Right to rent checks: a digital future

    Right to rent checks in England moved temporarily online in March 2020 in line with Covid-19 safety measures - and the government has doubled down on this initiative with the introduction of an online platform, in this extract from our e-book, "Your guide to lettings and the law, Vol II".

    11 November 2020

    Improving Electrical Safety Standards in the private rented sector

    The introduction of Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 during the pandemic has led to extra safety measures being put in place - and highlighted potential bottlenecks in the process, in this extract from our e-book, "Your guide to lettings and the law, Vol II".

    10 November 2020

    How to start preparing your staff for the regulation of property agents

    Darshan Sunger of Three Oaks is prioritising getting himself - and his staff - qualified now, so they're ready when the Regulation of Property Agents (RoPA) comes into force. He shares advice for other agents starting their journey towards qualification.

    9 November 2020

    New lettings legislation still passing during the pandemic, says Landlord Action’s Legal Director

    Lettings legislation unrelated to Covid-19 has still been passing during the pandemic, says Tim Frome, Landlord Action’s Legal Director, and letting agents and landlords need to keep abreast of changes to Electrical Safety Standards Regulations, right to rent, and Section 21.

    2 November 2020

    Regulation of Property Agents: Creating a younger industry?

    In this excerpt from our latest e-book, "Your guide to lettings and the law, Vol II", the move towards regulation of estate and letting agents has progressed in 2020, with a consultation on the Code of Practice - and agents are looking ahead to the changes the regulation may bring to the industry.

    21 October 2020

    Home Office introduces online right to rent check service and confirms rules for B5JSSK nationals

    Eligible tenants will now be able to prove their right to rent online via the Home Office’s new online checking service, while the rules for conducting right to rent checks on B5JSSK nationals arriving via e-passport gates have been clarified.

    14 October 2020

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

    A consultation is underway on the Government's proposal to raise the minimum energy efficiency standards for private rented properties to EPC Band C by 2028.

    Your guide to the lettings legislation dates for agents and landlords in 2021

    Posted by Andrea Warmington on 04 January 2021

    The end of coronavirus legislation - and the as-yet-unknown impact this will have on lettings, with extended notice periods and furlough set to end - is just one of the dates letting agents and landlords should be marking in their calendars this year. The deadlines for Electrical Safety Regulations and client money protection are fast approaching while the mid-year changes to right to rent as a result of Brexit are yet to be confirmed. Plus, the Renters' Reform Bill and Regulation of Property Agents (RoPA) are likely to come back onto the agenda as the pandemic is brought under control. In short, 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.

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    Lifetime deposits: Shaking up the system

    Posted by The Goodlord team on 14 December 2020

    At the end of 2019, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said “The costs of deposits make it harder [for tenants] to move. We are going to fix that.” A solution was outlined in the Renter’s Reform Bill during the Queen’s Speech in December 2019 - lifetime deposits.

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

    Posted by Andrea Warmington on 30 November 2020

    Consultation is now open on the government’s proposals to extend regulations on domestic smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in both social and private rented accommodation. The proposals include requiring social landlords to ensure at least one smoke alarm is installed on each storey of a building where any rooms are used as living accommodation; requiring carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted alongside the installation of fixed combustion appliances of any fuel type; and requiring private and social landlords to install carbon monoxide alarms in any room used as living accommodation where a fixed combustion appliance is used. The consultation will be open until 11 January 2021.

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    Right to rent checks: a digital future

    Posted by The Goodlord team on 17 November 2020

    The English right to rent checks on the immigration status of potential tenants, first introduced in 2016, are mandatory for letting agents and their landlords. Any agents or landlords accepting a tenant who doesn’t have the right to reside in the UK will leave themselves open to prosecution and potential unlimited fines.

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    Improving Electrical Safety Standards in the private rented sector

    Posted by The Goodlord team on 11 November 2020

    Since 1 July 2020, landlords and agents in the private rented sector in England have been required to carry out electrical installation inspections and testing on all new tenancies in England under the new Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020. This legislation will extend to include all existing tenancies on 1 April 2021.

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    How to start preparing your staff for the regulation of property agents

    Posted by The Goodlord team on 10 November 2020

    Regulation is on its way and letting agents need to be prepared. That’s why Darshan Sunger of Three Oaks is prioritising getting his staff qualified now - and why he believes other agencies should be prioritising this too. He talks about how agencies can get ahead of the Regulation of Property Agents with Goodlord’s Costas Frangeskou, with exclusive insights from his experience at Three Oaks.

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    New lettings legislation still passing during the pandemic, says Landlord Action’s Legal Director

    Posted by Andrea Warmington on 09 November 2020

    “There is legislation that has gone under the radar,” says Tim Frome, Landlord Action’s Legal Director. “Everyone’s aware of the legal issues brought about by the pandemic that people are facing on a day-to-day basis. But the government has still been passing other lettings legislation.”

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    Regulation of Property Agents: Creating a younger industry?

    Posted by The Goodlord team on 02 November 2020

    The Regulation of Property Agents (RoPA) was first proposed in 2018, with a working group laying out a new regulatory framework in the RoPA Report, published in July 2019.

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    Home Office introduces online right to rent check service and confirms rules for B5JSSK nationals

    Posted by Andrea Warmington on 21 October 2020

    A Revised Code of Practice on Right to Rent officially replaces the previous version on 2 November 2020 and has set out the details of the Home Office’s new online right to rent check service, in addition to confirming how visitors from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the United States with biometric passports (also known as “B5JSSK nationals”) can prove their right to rent.

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

    Posted by Andrea Warmington on 14 October 2020

    The government wants to raise the minimum energy efficiency standards to EPC Band C by 2028 in order to improve the overall energy performance of the private rented sector in England and Wales. UK housing stock is generally older than in the rest of Europe, according to the consultation document, and “the potential for improvement in the energy performance is considerable”. Privately rented properties, which make up 20% of the housing stock, are among the least energy efficient, “costing over £6bn in energy bills in 2018 and producing GHG emissions of around 11 megatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent a year”.

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