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.
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.
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.
David Smith, Partner at JMW Solicitors LLP, answers letting agents' questions on right to rent, from the changes to the process for EU, EEA, and Swiss citizens to the requirements when "Covid-adjusted" checks end.
Lettings businesses using the furlough scheme will need to start contributing to their employees' wages from 1 July 2021.
External wall safety inspections (EWS1) will be required for certain buildings as a result of the Grenfell tragedy, but a raft of other measures will need to be put in place, requiring increased due diligence from letting agents and landlords.
The government has extended the virtual right to rent checks in England by an extra month to 31 August 2021, to reflect the extension of lockdown restrictions. The government has also dropped its requirement for letting agents and landlords to carry out retrospective right to rent checks on tenants for this period.
Demand is growing as we head into the traditionally busy summer months for lettings and you can make sure you’re not wasting your landlords' or agency’s time or money on applicants your referencing provider would advise against with just a few key questions.
EU, EEA, and Swiss citizens will need to use the government's new "View and Prove" online service to demonstrate their right to rent in England after 30 June 2021.
Lettings businesses that are subject to money laundering legislation need to register with HMRC by 10 June, or risk a penalty, in addition to carrying out a risk assessment and customer due diligence to be compliant with The Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Amendment) Regulations 2019.