Tagged: legal requirements

New guidance issued for residential lettings agents and landlords in UK

New guidance issued for residential lettings agents and landlords in UK

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published a comprehensive guide for lettings professionals in the UK to help improve their understanding of, and compliance with, consumer protection law. The CMA said it has...




Councils seeking to introduce licensing schemes despite similar schemes running into legal difficulties

Councils seeking to introduce licensing schemes despite similar schemes running into legal difficulties

Evidence is growing that more councils are seeking to introduce licensing schemes for private sector landlords despite the proponents of similar schemes running into legal difficulties. Oldham MBC last week launched a consultation into...




Contrasting views on the impact of tenant fees

Contrasting views on the impact of tenant fees

Shelter today claimed that new research has shown that a ban in Scotland on agents charging tenant fees has had no negative impact on letting agents, landlords or tenants and a similar ban should...




Tenant immigration checks mandatory from October

Tenant immigration checks mandatory from October

The checking of prospective tenants’ immigration status by landlords and agents is set to become mandatory in October. Landlords – or their agents – will have to request to see at least one document...




More councils request special dispensation to ban boards

More councils request special dispensation to ban boards

We’re all aware of some areas of our towns, villages and countryside which are awash with for-sale and to-let marketing boards erected by letting and estate agents, and it’s no surprise that to the...




Council loses maisonette HMO licence appeal

Council loses maisonette HMO licence appeal

A High Court ruling that changes the definition of a mandatory house in multiple occupation (HMO) has left the door open for landlords to tackle councils over repaying thousands of pounds in wrongly collected...




Rents up, Voids Down and Green is Good

Rents up, Voids Down and Green is Good

Build to Rent At the beginning of the month a report from non-profit company Million Homes, Million Lives, claimed that ‘Half of Britain could be renting within 30 years’, and called for changes to encourage...




Go green to get a good deal

Go green to get a good deal

It’s not surprising that the news that the government is extending Green Deal finance to landlords and tenants in England, Wales and Scotland has been welcomed by lettings bodies. With just four years to...




Greater mobility needed in housing market, say NAEA and ARLA

Greater mobility needed in housing market, say NAEA and ARLA

The National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) and Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) are calling on the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne to use next week’s 2014 Budget announcement to focus on...




Over half of landlords buy local property

Over half of landlords buy local property

More than half of buy-to-let landlords and property investors live within 10 miles of their rental properties, according to analysis from Countrywide Residential Lettings. The UK’s largest lettings agency said over two thirds of...