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.

16 September 2019

Q&A with ARLA Propertymark: The Regulation of Property Agents Report (RoPA)

ARLA Propertymark CEO David Cox answers estate and letting agents' questions on the Regulation of Property Agents Report.

13 September 2019

Letting agents need to make voices heard on Section 21, says ARLA Propertymark CEO

ARLA Propertymark CEO David Cox is urging letting agents to participate in the consultation on the repeal of Section 21.

28 August 2019

How to ensure your tenancy agreements are fair and meet your legal obligations

Letting agents need to be aware of their legal obligations around supplying prospective tenants with a copy of the agreement, and explaining what it means.

15 August 2019

Your complete guide to the Welsh Tenant Fee Ban

Your guide to the Renting Homes (Fees Etc.) (Wales) Act 2019 and its impact  on rent, tenancy and holding deposits, default payments and more.

12 August 2019

Your guide to tenancy deposit law

There's more to tenancy deposit law than tenant deposit protection schemes (TDPs). You also need to make sure you're complying with deposit caps, and the legal timelines for providing prescribed information and returning the deposit at the end of a tenancy.

25 July 2019

Section 8: Your guide to the proposed changes

The Government's key proposals for strengthening Section 8 when Section 21 is abolished, improving or widening the current grounds for repossession, including when a landlord wants to sell a property and if their family members want to move into a property.

23 July 2019

Your guide to the Regulation of Property Agents Report (RoPA)

New recommendations from the Regulation of Property Agents Report (RoPA) could signal the beginning a new era for estate agents and letting agents alike.

8 July 2019

Welsh agencies bracing for impact of Tenant Fee Ban

Wales is the next country to be hit by a ban on tenant fees, when new legislation comes into effect on 1st September 2019.

26 June 2019

Global renting round-up: Rent controls, an Airbnb backlash and build-to-rent

We round up the biggest stories from the private rented sector around the world, visiting Europe, the US, Canada and Australasia.

25 June 2019

Selective licensing should be retained and a register of landlords created, says review

Selective licensing schemes should be retained but could be improved with introduction of a national register of landlords, along with a number of other recommendations from an independent review of the schemes' effectiveness.

Q&A with ARLA Propertymark: The Regulation of Property Agents Report (RoPA)

Posted by The Goodlord team on 16 September 2019

ARLA Propertymark CEO David Cox answered questions on what the proposed regulation of property agents could entail in Goodlord's legislation webinar.

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Letting agents need to make voices heard on Section 21, says ARLA Propertymark CEO

Posted by The Goodlord team on 13 September 2019

ARLA Propertymark CEO David Cox implored letting agents to make their voices heard in the current Government consultation on repealing Section 21.

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How to ensure your tenancy agreements are fair and meet your legal obligations

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 28 August 2019

It's important that letting agents are aware of their obligations when it comes to tenancy agreements and Consumer Protection Law, which includes supplying prospective tenants with a copy of the agreement in advance of signing, explaining what the agreement contains, and ensuring that it doesn't contain any unfair terms.

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Your complete guide to the Welsh Tenant Fee Ban

Posted by The Goodlord team on 15 August 2019

The Renting Homes (Fees Etc.) (Wales) Act 2019 comes into effect in Wales on 1st September 2019. Here's your guide to the new legislation and its application. For more information, please refer to the official guidance at gov.wales. It's important to note that this article isn't exhaustive and doesn't constitute legal advice.

There are differences in the Welsh and English legislation banning tenant fees. Check out our guide on the English Tenant Fees Act here.

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Your guide to tenancy deposit law

Posted by Fixflo on 12 August 2019

Since 2007, it has been a legal requirement for landlords who rent properties on assured shorthold tenancies to place tenants' deposits in a registered tenant deposit protection scheme (TDP) within 30 days of receiving it. Tenancy deposits also need to be returned to tenants within 10 days of the end of the tenancy, except in instances where there is a dispute. 

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Section 8: Your guide to the proposed changes

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 25 July 2019

The Government confirmed their intention to make changes to Section 8 in the Renters' Reform Bill, in order to make it easier for landlords and letting agents acting on their behalf to regain control of their properties when Section 21 is abolished. This includes improving or widening the current grounds for repossession. We’ve put together a quick guide to some of the key proposals, which are currently under consultation.

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Your guide to the Regulation of Property Agents Report (RoPA)

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 23 July 2019

A new regulatory framework for property agents is on the horizon, following the publication of the Report on the Regulation of Property Agents (RoPA) by a working group chaired by Lord Best, which included sweeping recommendations for regulation of the profession. These recommendations include the introduction of:

  • a new, independent property-agent regulator
  • a legally-enforceable Code of Practice for property agents 
  • minimum entry requirements and mandatory professional development for property agents.

We’ve put together a quick guide to the report’s key points.

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Welsh agencies bracing for impact of Tenant Fee Ban

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 08 July 2019

Welsh agents are bracing themselves for the impact of new legislation that will ban tenant fees. The Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Bill comes into effect on 1st September 2019 and is set to affect the 99% of Welsh agencies who currently charge an average of  £181.15 in fees per tenancy.

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Global renting round-up: Rent controls, an Airbnb backlash and build-to-rent

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 26 June 2019

Renting is big business around the world and new innovations and legislation overseas are often replicated across the globe, including here in the UK. In this month’s global renting round up, we visit major cities in Europe, New York, Sydney, Canada and New Zealand. 

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Selective licensing should be retained and a register of landlords created, says review

Posted by Andrea Warmington on 25 June 2019

Selective licensing should be retained and a national register of landlords created, recommended an independent review on the use and effectiveness of selective licensing commissioned by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

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