Tagged: regulation

Could this be a crunch week for letting sector?

Could this be a crunch week for letting sector?

With the UK budget statement being delivered later this week by George Osborne it remains to be seen if measures will be introduced to close at least some of the tax breaks given to...




Bank of England considers buy-to-let mortgage restrictions

Bank of England considers buy-to-let mortgage restrictions

The Bank of England has expressed concerns over excessive landing to fund buy-to-let purchases. In its latest report, the BoE states that buy-to-let lending now accounts for 18% of new mortgage lending. This could...




Deadline looms for protecting deposits

Deadline looms for protecting deposits

Landlords have until tomorrow evening 23rd of June to protect any outstanding tenancy deposits they took for tenancies commencing before that date, according to the Deregulation Act 2015 amnesty, otherwise they will be barred...




53% of North West landlords say they struggle to keep up with new laws

53% of North West landlords say they struggle to keep up with new laws

According to a report published by the rochdaleonline.co.uk website, more than half of all North West landlords say they are struggling to keep up all the regulation changes which have been coming “thick and fast”...




Government’s stance on landlord licensing schemes to be put to the test

Government’s stance on landlord licensing schemes to be put to the test

Redbridge London Borough Council has submitted a request for all of its private rented properties to be licensed. This will test the government’s apparent opposition to council-wide landlord licensing schemes having previously announced that...




Trading Standards adopting ‘lighter touch’ approach to new lettings agent law

Trading Standards adopting ‘lighter touch’ approach to new lettings agent law

Two weeks have now passed since the introduction of new laws that require letting agents in England to display details of all fees and charges on their websites and prominently in their offices. Failure...




European court rule against VAT discount on energy improvements

European court rule against VAT discount on energy improvements

The European Court of Justice has ruled the the UK’s 5% VAT rate which applies to energy efficient improvements breaches European law and should only apply to social housing. Although the ruling has the...




Clock ticking on deposit protection deadline

Clock ticking on deposit protection deadline

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) has issued a reminder to landlord and letting agents that they have less than three weeks to protect tenancy deposits using one of three government-approved schemes. A change to...




Simple way to catch criminal landlords highlighted by RLA

Simple way to catch criminal landlords highlighted by RLA

The Residential Landlords Association has suggested that council tax forms, which occupants are legally obliged to complete when they move into a new property, should be amended to require that the tenure of a...