Tagged: legal requirements

Landlords fail to research prior to investing

Landlords fail to research prior to investing

Research conduced by Platinum Property Partners shows that many buy-to-let investors carry out no or little research before making property purchases. Such news is surprising given that the value of the average property portfolio...




Banning of rental properties with low EPC ratings moves a step closer

Banning of rental properties with low EPC ratings moves a step closer

A new consultation has been launched which states that that minimum standard for all rental properties will be an EPC rating of E. If implemented it will not be possible to rent properties that...




New immigration legislation worries landlords

New immigration legislation worries landlords

80% of landlords are worried about the new immigration legislation which comes into force in October 2014. These are the findings of a study conducted by The Online Letting Agents. Such worries could lead...




Campaign launched against licensing schemes in the private rented sector

Campaign launched against licensing schemes in the private rented sector

The new national campaign against selective licensing schemes is to seek a legal opinion on the issue of tenants’ legal rights to the peaceful enjoyment of their property. The launch comes as Liverpool city...




Welsh private rented sector to experience massive changes

Welsh private rented sector to experience massive changes

The private rented sector in Wales is to experience massive changes after the Housing Wales (Bill) was approved this week. Landlords and letting agents will not only have to be registered, but if they...




Ban bad landlords says MPs

Ban bad landlords says MPs

An all-party parliamentary group of MPs has said that bad landlords should be subject to a nationwide ban. In addition, the group said that the introduction of a national landlord register should also be...




Scottish MPs vote in favour of mandatory licensing of letting agents

Scottish MPs vote in favour of mandatory licensing of letting agents

Housing minister Margaret Burgess (Scottish National Party) warned that the regulation of agents would have teeth. She said: “Regulation of letting agents is a landmark. It was good to get the support of the...




Call for mandatory electrical testing

Call for mandatory electrical testing

Shelter and Electrical Safety First have called for five yearly checks of wiring and other electric fittings to become mandatory. The charities reported that a third of properties fail to meet basic standards and...




Deposit protection loophole being exploited by unscrupulous landlords

Deposit protection loophole being exploited by unscrupulous landlords

Government regulations dictate that members of deposit protection schemes should be expelled should they break the rules of such schemes. Unscrupulous landlords operating under the insurance based variants are intentionally being expelled so that...




Difficulties await agents when Immigration Act comes into force

Difficulties await agents when Immigration Act comes into force

When the Immigration Act comes into force in October, letting agents and private landlords will be required to vet tenants to ensure they are legally entitled to reside in the UK. RICS and NLA...