Tagged: regulation

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...




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...




Extension to cooling-off period for agency contracts

Extension to cooling-off period for agency contracts

Updates to the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations come into force tomorrow. The major change to these regulations is that the cancellation, or ‘cooling-off’ period for all service contracts will be...




PRS to come under the spotlight in Scotland

PRS to come under the spotlight in Scotland

Tomorrow the future of Scotland’s private rented sector will come under the spotlight  as politicians, key stakeholders, academics and housing sector representatives gather in Edinburgh. Key topics will include how to create a more...




Labour rent policy will leave tenants more out of pocket, says NLA

Labour rent policy will leave tenants more out of pocket, says NLA

The National Landlords Association fears that a proposed system of annual indexation of private rents by Labour will encourage and legitimise escalation of private rental values. In the last year most landlords have not...




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...




Retaliatory eviction law considered by government

Retaliatory eviction law considered by government

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is considering introducing legislation to outlaw ‘retaliatory eviction’ of tenants who complain to their landlords about poor housing conditions. Jonathan Bramhall of the DCLG’s private sector...




PRS campaigners release renter’s manifesto

PRS campaigners release renter’s manifesto

Generation Rent has released a renter’s manifesto – and is now asking for people’s views and additional proposals as well as suggestions for other solutions.




Labour’s proposed ban on agent fees defeated…. for the time being

Labour’s proposed ban on agent fees defeated…. for the time being

The ban on fees charged to tenants by letting agents, proposed by Labour, was yesterday defeated in the House of Commons. It is however, likely to resurface should Labour win next year’s general election.