Insights - Regulations

The Biggest Change In Renters’ Law In A Generation

27th October 2022

The new Renters Reform Bill changes the balance of power in favour of tenants, because it will increase their security and peace of mind. The new law could make it difficult and costly for landlords to evict tenants or sell their properties.

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Right to rent checks

Updated Advice for Landlords on Right to Rent Checks 2022

14th January 2022

Right to Rent checks are set to face reforms at the start of the new tax year on 6th April 2022, with 5th April marking the end of the COVID-related temporary adjustments which allowed checks to be carried out virtually. From 6th April onwards, there will be a new permanent online solution which will allow right to rent checks to continue to be carried out remotely, for all nationalities, and with enhanced security.

Landlord smoke alarm requirements

New Rules for Landlords on Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms

16th December 2021

Private and social landlords are set to face tougher new rules, making it a legal requirement to fit smoke alarms in all types of rented accommodation, regardless of tenure. The conditions under which they must be fitted will also be widened. Read on for an update on the latest landlord smoke alarm requirements for the UK.

Making Tax Digital

What the Delay to Making Tax Digital Means for Landlords

8th December 2021

Originally due to be introduced in April 2023, HMRC Making Tax Digital for Income Tax has now been pushed back to April 2024. What this means for taxpayers and, in particular landlords, is the subject of this latest post.

Mid-term inspection

The Importance of Regular Mid-term Inspections

25th November 2021

Ensuring minor issues don’t escalate into major problems is an exercise that never fails to save landlords time and money. It’s precisely why the mid-term inspection is such a vital tool. Here’s the lowdown on mid-term inspections, why as a landlord you should be investing in them, how often you should be doing them, and what’s involved.

court paperwork to evict a tenant

New Evictions Paperwork Compulsory from 1 October

7th October 2021

From 1 October, landlords and letting agents are required to use new forms when dealing with Section 8 and Section 21 Notices. It’s crucial that any notice deemed as served from this date uses the new court paperwork to evict a tenant, otherwise it will not be valid. Here’s how it all works.

New permitted development rights

New Permitted Development Rights – an Opportunity for Landlords?

21st September 2021

From 1 August, new a new Permitted Development Rights (PDR) scheme came into force, making it easier to convert commercial premises on England’s high streets into affordable residential accommodation. The scheme will streamline the planning process courtesy of a more simplified ‘prior approval’ process, rather than a full planning application, opening up opportunities for buy to let landlords in converting commercial properties into residential homes.

Who is responsible for pest control in a rental property

Who is Responsible for Pest Control in a Rental Property?

13th September 2021

Bed bugs, cockroaches, mice or rats, it’s never pleasant when a rental property is suffering a pest infestation. But the question of who is responsible for pest control in a rental property remains a grey area. It can be challenging to work out how an infestation came about, which is generally how to determine who is responsible for dealing with it. Here we look at the typical pest-related scenarios that can arise, and how to deal with them.

Are landlords responsible for flood damage

Floods in Rental Properties: A Landlord’s Responsibilities

9th September 2021

The Environment Agency says that there are over five million properties in England that face a risk of flooding. Landlords are right to worry over their responsibilities should a flood become a problem, especially if it leads to the property becoming uninhabitable. It is therefore useful to know what would be expected of you as a landlord in the event of a flood. Precisely what we are covering in this post.

Legionnaire's disease

A Landlord’s Guide to Protecting Tenants Against Legionnaire’s Disease

7th September 2021

All landlords have legal responsibilities to ensure the health and safety of their tenants. Under these responsibilities, Legionnaire’s disease ranks as one of the most significant health concerns that must be considered when letting to tenants. Here’s why it’s vital to be aware of what Legionnaire’s disease is, why it is harmful, and how to check for and prevent it.