Tagged: legal requirements

What a kick start to the new year?

What a kick start to the new year?

2013 has got off to some start with already new regulations coming into effect regarding EPC’s; the Green Deal finance being officially launched as well as Parliament having debated the legal recognition of letting...




Court of Appeal to decide whether rent in advance is deposit

Court of Appeal to decide whether rent in advance is deposit

The critical question of whether rent paid in advance is a tenant’s deposit is to be decided by the Court of Appeal. The case of Johnson v Old is due before the Court in March...




Landlords smarten up over EPC ratings

Landlords smarten up over EPC ratings

Landlords have smartened up their act over energy inefficient properties as fewer homes were reported as receiving an EPC rating of F or G, research from the Association of Residential Letting Agents shows. In...




Letting agent fees come under scrutiny in Commons debate

Letting agent fees come under scrutiny in Commons debate

Letting agents’ fees, criminal landlords and longer tenancies all took centre stage in a House of Commons debate yesterday. Labour MPs led by shadow housing minister Jack Dromey called for a clampdown on ‘rip...




Baroness ‘could still win her fight to get letting agents recognised in law’

Baroness ‘could still win her fight to get letting agents recognised in law’

Leading figures in the lettings industry remain confident that Baroness Hayter will continue her fight to get letting agents recognised in law as estate agents. Last week, the Government made plain that it would...




Clampdown on Scottish agents having huge effect on industry

Clampdown on Scottish agents having huge effect on industry

A senior figure in the Scottish lettings industry has warned his colleagues in England what they might have to expect if there is blanket licensing, and lettings agents fees are banned.




New rules start for advertising private rented homes

New rules start for advertising private rented homes

Private landlords and letting agents must follow new rules about publishing energy ratings on advertising for rented homes. From January 9, 2013, all advertising in online or print should include the rented home’s rating...




Have your say in the Government inquiry into the private rented sector

Have your say in the Government inquiry into the private rented sector

A quick reminder that the Government is conducting an inquiry into the private rented sector – and in view of the various lobbying attempts now under way, it seems important that letting agents in...




Tenancy Deposit Protection Deadline for Scottish Landlords

Tenancy Deposit Protection Deadline for Scottish Landlords

Do you let out a property in Scotland? The deadline for protecting your tenancy deposits is Tuesday the 13th of November 2012. Not only must you be registered with the appropriate local authority and transfer existing...




Green Deal Legal Framework is in place

Green Deal Legal Framework is in place

Since 1 October 2012 authorised Green Deal assessors and providers can offer ‘whole house’ property assessments and discuss packages of improvements with householders. From 28 January 2013 Green Deal finance plans may be agreed....