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MINISTY OF HOUSING,COMMUNITES&LOCAL GOVERMENT PRIVATE RENTED SECTOR APRIL NEWSLETTER

Tuesday 23rd April 2019

You will know that the English Housing Survey for 2017-18 showed that the private rented sector now accounts for 4.5 million or 19% of households, and that the demographic…

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RESEARCH REVEAL TENANTS THINK WRONGLY THEIR CONTENTS ARE COVERED BY LANDLORD INSURANCE

Tuesday 23rd April 2019

Almost a third of tenants in the private rented sector mistakenly think that their possessions are covered by their landlord's insurance, new research has found. Overall 43% do not have contents insurance with 29% believing that the buildings insurance policy taken…

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RENTS IN THE UK UP 3.3% YEAR ON YEAR, HIGHER THAN INFLATION

Tuesday 16th April 2019

Rents for new tenancies in the UK have begun to rise at a rate not seen in the market for over two years, up 3.3% in the…

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GOVERNMENT SET TO ABOLISH SECTION 21

Tuesday 16th April 2019

the government is today proposing to consult on scrapping Section 21, so-called 'no fault', repossessions in the private rented sector in favour of improving the court system to…

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LANDLORDS CONCERNED ABOUT RIGHTS OF EU CITIZENS TO RENT AFTER BREXIT

Wednesday 10th April 2019

The British Government has failed to prepare the rental market for Brexit with landlord warning that European Union citizens may face problems securing a home to rent. The warning comes…

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Housing Minister leaves open possibility of scrapping tenant fees ban after Government review

Wednesday 3rd April 2019

Housing minister Heather Wheeler has not ruled out the tenant fees ban in England being scrapped in the future if it was shown to have increased rents. Speaking at the ARLA Propertymark…

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Client Money Protection now compulsory for English letting agents – but how many are covered?

Monday 1st April 2019

CMP legislation has today become law and any agents not registered with one of the six schemes are now trading illegally. England's new Client Money Protection (CMP) legislation became law today and requires all letting agents in…

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New energy efficiency rules on rental properties kick in on Monday – but who knew?

Friday 29th March 2019

New energy efficiency rules for rental properties in England and Wales come into force on Monday, April 1. They spell out the costs that landlords legally face in improving properties that have an EPC rating below E. The Statutory…

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The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill (AKA the Karen Buck Bill) has been enacted as the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 and comes into force 20th March 2019.

Wednesday 20th March 2019

The new act amends the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 to require that any property let by a landlord (private or social) is fit for human habitation when a tenancy…

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Two landlords have been ordered to pay more than £30,000 for breaching fire safety and over-occupancy licence conditions at their House of Multiple Occupation.

Tuesday 19th March 2019

Barnet council officers discovered that the home in Golders Green, north London, had no fire alarm or emergency lighting systems…

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