Tagged: regulation

Minister rejects calls from SafeAgent to make CMP compulsory

Minister rejects calls from SafeAgent to make CMP compulsory

Housing minister Brandon Lewis has said in a letter to John Midgley, chair of SAFEagent that he has “no plans to make CMP compulsory.”  Although disappointed by this SafeAgent is committed to and will...




Fast track evictions for nuisance tenants

Fast track evictions for nuisance tenants

From today, new powers introduced in the Anti Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 will give landlords the means to evict problem tenants more swiftly. The fast-track process will take into consideration previous...




Advertising Tenancy Fees

Advertising Tenancy Fees

As you may be aware, recent new guidance from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA, previously the Office of Fair Trading) and agreed with the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), states that all rental property...




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...




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...




Landlords affected by new Consumer Protection Rules

Landlords affected by new Consumer Protection Rules

As of today, 1st October 2014, the Consumer Protection (Amendment) Regulations come into force. Private rental agreements between landlords or agents and tenants will be subject to the new rules. Tenants may be entitled...




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...




With redress scheme deadline looming agents act to comply

With redress scheme deadline looming agents act to comply

The deadline for letting agents to sign up to an approved redress scheme is October 1. With fines of up to £5,000 for non-compliance, signs are that letting agents are signing up to one...




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”...




Is the ‘revenge evictions’ bill needed?

Is the ‘revenge evictions’ bill needed?

There are growing concerns that a government-backed Private Members’ Bill which attempts to outlaw so-called ‘revenge evictions’ is not required. The aim of such a law is to prevent landlords evicting tenants who have...