Right to Rent Update

Significant Increase in Fines for Non-compliance with Right to Rent Checks: A Comprehensive Guide for Letting Agents and Landlords Introduction The penalties for repeated non-compliance with the Right to Rent check rules have seen a substantial increase, with new fines reaching up to £20,000. Consequently, it is imperative for landlords and letting agents to exercise

Lettings in a box & Nordigen

Referencing software  Lettings in a box has teamed up with Nordigen the only freemium open banking provider, to enhance their application and assessment processes. Lettings in a box is one of the UK’s leading referencing companies. Formed by lawyers and insurance specialists, the business offers a seamless platform for tenant and guarantor referencing. In order

Permission to Appeal Denied

Permission to appeal has been refused by the Supreme Court in the landmark decision of Trecarrell House Limited v Rouncefield on the issue relating to s21 and service of a gas safety certificate. The Supreme Court opined on the application as not being a point of general public importance. Essentially, as the law now stands,

Well Behaved Pets?

The Government has launched a new Model Tenancy Agreement to stop landlords being able to issue a blanket ban on pets. The Press Release, issued on the 28th January 2021, titled “New standard tenancy agreement to help renters with well behaved pets”. The aim is to enable tenants with “well-behaved” pets to secure a tenancy.

Eviction Ban Extended Again

The Government has confirmed that evictions will not be enforced by bailiffs until at least 21st February 2021 with measures kept under review. Egregious cases can be enforced. It is unclear as to whether the ban on evictions will be extended beyond 21st February. The courts will remain open and continue to prioritise such cases

Gas Safety Update

The Court of Appeal recently handed down a judgment on the 18th June 2020 that concluded failure to provide a gas safety certificate prior to a tenants occupation does not prevent a landlord serving a s.21 notice as long as the relevant certificate has been given before service of the notice.

Client Money Protection

Client Money Protection for Letting Agents to Come into Force in 2021   By the 1st April 2021, all letting agents will be required to join an official Client Money Protection Scheme. This is not the same as a Tenancy Deposit Protection scheme. CMPS was originally set to come into force in 2020 but was