Labour has today launched a new action plan on animal welfare, which includes a proposal to give tenants the default right to keep pets, unless there is evidence the animal is causing a nuisance. You can read the NLA’s initial response here. Under the 2015 Consumer Rights Act, a landlord should only be refusing permission … Continue reading Discussion: Should tenants have the default right to keep pets?
Looking back at the NLA’s 2017 New Year blog, you would be forgiven to think that time stood still for a whole year. In reality, the snap general election called by Theresa May was the equivalent of smashing a big PAUSE button on the work many Government Departments were undertaking. As such, many of the … Continue reading New Year, New Laws – What will 2018 have in store for landlords?
At the Tory Party Conference back in October, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid announced that the Autumn Budget would “bring forward new incentives for landlords” to offer tenancies longer than 12 months. It seems, however, that the Chancellor was not giving Javid’s conference speech his fullest attention. At last week’s Autumn Budget the Chancellor announced that … Continue reading Budget 2017: Confidence is the Key to Longer Tenancies
Landlords should be aware that from 1st April 2018, new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) will prohibit landlords from granting new tenancies (or renewing/extending existing tenancies) for properties with an EPC rating of F or G. The Government has now signalled their intention to toughen the regulations even further. As it stands currently, landlords can … Continue reading Will Landlords have to pay up to £5000 towards energy efficiency improvements next year?
Parliament returned from its summer break this week and one of the first things up on the agenda was a debate on the upcoming letting fees ban. The debate was secured by Kevin Hollinrake, Conservative MP for Thirsk & Malton and co-founder of Hunters estate agency, who began proceedings by setting out his reasons for … Continue reading Housing Minister Reaffirms Commitment to Banning Letting Fees