Tagged: legal requirements

New online Section 21 eviction service launched

New online Section 21 eviction service launched

The government has launched a new service enabling landlords to use the Section 21 accelerated possession procedure online. With many landlords often making mistakes in court applications the online process is designed to ask...




Trading Standards authorities actively searching for non-compliant letting agents

Trading Standards authorities actively searching for non-compliant letting agents

Letting agents are being warned that they face possible prosecution if they have not joined one of the compulsory redress schemes. Fines of up to £5,000 can be imposed on non-compliant letting agents. The...




New type of tenancy for private rented sector in Scotland

New type of tenancy for private rented sector in Scotland

A consultation on a new type of tenancy has been launched for the private rented sector by the Scottish Government. The primary aim of the new tenancy type is to give tenants better security...




Sharp increase in Complaints received by Property Ombudsman

Sharp increase in Complaints received by Property Ombudsman

A new report published by The Property Ombudsman (TPO) has revealed a big increase on the number of complaints made by tenants and landlords. The figures show 721 complaints made against letting agents in...




Immigration Checks and a Code of Practice for the Private Rented Sector

Immigration Checks and a Code of Practice for the Private Rented Sector

The beginning of this month seen the announcement of a pilot area for landlords being responsible for checking the immigration status of their tenants.  The pilot area chosen was the West Midlands, with Wolverhampton...




Requirement for all Welsh letting agents and landlords to be licensed

Requirement for all Welsh letting agents and landlords to be licensed

After the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 becomes law all letting agents and private landlords in Wales will have to be licensed. The Welsh Agents and Landlords Licensing Scheme (WALLS) will require “fit and proper”...




Green Deal shambles could result in empty properties

Green Deal shambles could result in empty properties

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has called for an extension to the deadline for rented properties to reach minimum energy efficiency standards after the difficulties experienced in introducing Green Deal finance into the sector....




West Midlands announced as pilot area for immigration checks

West Midlands announced as pilot area for immigration checks

The government has announced that the pilot area for landlords and agents to conduct immigration checks on migrant tenants will be the West Midlands, with Wolverhampton and Birmingham being the core centres of the...




Government confirms redress scheme starts October 1

Government confirms redress scheme starts October 1

The Department of Communities and Local Government has confirmed that the lettings sector’s compulsory redress scheme will begin on October 1. Under the scheme any lettings agency in England found not to be in...




Fees ban adversely impacts tenants

Fees ban adversely impacts tenants

Evidence from the first Scotland Buy-to-Let Index from Your Move shows that rather helping tenants, the ban on charging tenant fees has actually resulted in the same tenants being worse off. In the two...