URGENT - New version of How to Rent Guide

Published on Thu, 18th Jan 2018 11:15

Please note that the Government have released a new version of the How to Rent Guide.

It removes reference to the now abandoned London Rental Standard.

It is important that you use this version for any new AST’s after this date (January 18th) else any future Section 21 might be invalid at court.

Note that we have been advised that it is liable to change again in April because of the potential changes to the Section 21.

We will keep you advised.

 

 

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New bill will allow tenants to sue their landlord

Published on Mon, 15th Jan 2018 10:45

Karen Buck MP has tabled a private members bill aimed at improving rental conditions, which now has the full support of the Government, so is likely to become law.

Entitled Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill’ it aims to bolster both the 1985 and the 2004 Housing Acts.

It doesn’t introduce any new obligations on the landlord; they have always been liable to maintain the property(ies) to a good standard, as designated in both those Acts, but rather giv Read More

HMRC Business Help and Support

Published on Fri, 12th Jan 2018 11:01

HMRC have issued a series of helpful vidoes on completing your self assesment.

See them here

 

 

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Oh NO. Not ANOTHER housing minister

Published on Tue, 9th Jan 2018 16:42

Only 6 months ago we reported on a new Housing Minister, Alok Sharma.  To quote Monty Python, he is now an ex Housing Minister.

This afternoon (Jan 9th) Dominic Raab has been appointed as the new housing minister, the fifteenth politician to hold this role in 17 years.

Again the Prime Minister has failed to put someone in post who understands housing.  Raab is (yet another) lawyer, specialising in international litigation and competition law.   He later worked at the Foreign & Commonwealth Off

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Ban on tenant fees WILL raise rents

Published on Tue, 9th Jan 2018 15:24

The DCLG Select Committee is hearing expert opinion on the proposed ban on agent fees.

The committee yesterday (Jan 8th) heard evidence from Shelter’s Head of Policy Kate Webb, the University of York’s Centre for Housing Policy Dr Julie Rugg and Professor Ian Loveland from the City Law School.

The debate discussed how legally binding this legislation might be; if so, the likelihood of Local Authorities policing it – in light of everything else they are being asked to do; and the perceived weak Read More