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Issue Number 2
Changes to council tax charges on empty properties
As part of a drive to get empty homes back into use, the Council has decided to increase the amount of council tax charged for homes which have been unoccupied and unfurnished for more than two years. Full story
Banning orders to stop rogue landlords
Under the Housing and Planning Act 2016, banning orders are set to be introduced from October 2017 in relation to residential lettings. Section 14 of the Act introduces a power to serve a banning order preventing a landlord or property agent from letting properties in England. Full story.
Reforms to mandatory HMO licensing are underway.
The Government is planning to make changes to increase the number of properties subject to mandatory HMO licensing.This will further enable local authorities to tackle poor standards and the problems being seen in high-risk smaller properties as the sector has grown. Full story.
Energy performance ratings
As a reminder, new rules on energy performance certificates will come into force in the future which landlords need to be aware of. Failing to comply could land you with a £4,000 fine. Find out more at the Residential Landlords Association website. For more information on energy performance ratings, please visit the Energy Saving Trust website.
Issue Number 1
Possible £5,000 fine if agents are not members of a redress scheme
Letting agents and property managing agents are at risk of being fined £5,000 if they are not a member of a Government redress scheme. We recently agreed to introduce the penalty to encourage higher standards. Read more online.
How will the Housing and Planning Act 2016 affect landlords?
We’re waiting for specifics on the Act, but it is likely to include a national database of rogue landlords, banning orders for landlords and the possible introduction of fines for landlords who breach specific legislation. Read more online.
Guide for landlords to carry out Right to Rent checks
Under section 22 of the Immigration Act 2014, landlords should not authorise an adult to occupy a property as their main home under a residential tenancy unless they are a British Citizen, EEA or Swiss national, or have a "right to rent" in the UK. Check out this helpful user guide for more information.
Have you fitted smoke alarms to your properties?
As a landlord, you’re required to fit a smoke alarm to each storey of any property that you are renting out to tenants. If the property contains a solid fuel burning appliance, a carbon monoxide alarm will also be required. Read more about your safety responsibilities as a landlord.
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Last updated: Wed 15th March, 2017 @ 08:49