21 April 2021

Retrospective checks dropped in government's updated right to rent guidance from 17 May 2021

The government has published new guidance for agents and landlords on how the English right to rent checks should be carried out from 17 May 2021, after the temporary measures introduced in March 2020 expire, and has dropped its requirement for retrospective checks for this period.

7 April 2021

Sean Hooker on the Regulation of Property Agents: enforcement, costs, and timelines

What could enforcement, agency costs and a potential timeline for the Regulation of Property Agents look like? Sean Hooker, Head of Redress at the Property Redress Scheme, shared his expert view at a recent Goodlord webinar.

25 March 2021

Letting agents must comply with client money protection legislation by 1 April 2021

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.

1 March 2021

Q&A: What the Debt Respite (Breathing Space) Scheme could mean for letting agents

Landlord Action's Legal Director, Tim Frome, answers questions about what the Debt Respite (Breathing Space) Scheme could mean for letting agents, landlords, and their tenants.

12 February 2021

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.

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".

Retrospective checks dropped in government's updated right to rent guidance from 17 May 2021

Posted by The Goodlord team on 21 April 2021

Since 30 March 2020, temporary measures for the right to rent checks in England, which traditionally take place in person, have been in place. Now, the government has published guidance on how the checks should be conducted after 16 May 2021, with retrospective, in-person checks no longer required for that period.

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Sean Hooker on the Regulation of Property Agents: enforcement, costs, and timelines

Posted by The Goodlord team on 07 April 2021

The Regulation of Property Agents (RoPA) has been a long time coming, with the working group report published back in July 2019. Many agents are already starting to prepare by gaining level 3 qualifications and above, as is the expected requirement once the law is enacted - but there are still some questions left unanswered. Sean Hooker, Head of Redress at the Property Redress Scheme, answered some of those questions in our webinar, "Preparing for the Regulation of Property Agents (RoPA)".
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Letting agents must comply with client money protection legislation by 1 April 2021

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 25 March 2021

It has been mandatory for letting agents in England who hold client money to belong to a client money protection scheme since 1st April 2019, in order to make sure that the funds of both their tenants and landlords are protected. A two-year grace period has been in place for agencies that have had difficulty opening a client money account, however this ends on 1st April 2021. Letting agencies can be fined up to £30,000, if they do not belong to an approved client money protection scheme, and up to £5,000, if they don’t display their certificate of membership or provide it when asked.

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Q&A: What the Debt Respite (Breathing Space) Scheme could mean for letting agents

Posted by The Goodlord team on 01 March 2021

The Debt Respite Scheme, or "Breathing Space" law, will come into effect on 4 May 2021 in England and Wales, to "give someone in problem debt the right to legal protections from their creditors". Landlord Action's Legal Director, Tim Frome, answers questions from Goodlord's Oli Sherlock about what the new scheme could mean for letting agents, landlords, and their tenants.

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

Posted by The Goodlord team on 12 February 2021

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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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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