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What Is Breathing Space?

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The introduction of The Debt Respite Scheme (also known by its more catchier moniker of the Breathing Space Moratorium and Mental Health Crisis Moratorium) at the beginning of the month. Under these new regulations a person in debt can seek a moratorium from an approved debt provider. These new regulations change the way that property […]

New Right To Rent Guide For Landlords With Covid-19 Changes

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The government has published an updated Right to Rent guide, effective from November 2020. The updated version is designed to minimise the effects of Covid-19 on hindering landlords to confirm the eligibility of prospective tenants and includes temporary changes to the way letting agents and landlords can conduct checks and individuals can prove their right […]

Housing Complaints Resolution Service

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LETTINGS REDRESS SCHEMES In January 2019 a new Housing Complaints Resolution Service was announced for the entire housing market by the Communities Secretary, The Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP. Estate and Lettings Agents have had a legal requirement to join a redress scheme for many years and the legislation will now apply to landlords as […]

Council Licensing Schemes

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COUNCIL LICENSING SCHEMES Currently, over half of London boroughs are operating additional licensing schemes, likely with more to come and each council decides which HMOs require a license.  Trading standards can be quite heavy-handed with issuing penalties and these often fall on inexperienced or first-time landlords, especially those who have not used a regulated agent, […]

Updating your Anti-Money Laundering Process

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Dirty Money.  Know the Signs. Report the Crime. The Government’s new “Flag it up” campaign targets UK Money Laundering and is aimed at increasing awareness among estate agents, accountants and solicitors of their obligations with regards to Anti-Money Laundering. Criminals continue to employ a range of ‘techniques’ to clean their “dirty money” and the property […]

Changes for Tenants Claiming Universal Credit

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Accepting Housing Benefit tenants into the Private Rental Sector has always been fraught with issues, more often than not, down to the Local Council payment procedures and the difficulty of getting anything sorted when an issue occurs. On top of that, there is a big black cloud over the entire Housing Benefit system, called the […]

Referral Fees Transparency

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The background: In June 2018 a survey was launched by the National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team (NTSEAT) to assess the use of referral fees by estate agents. It was supported by the Property Ombudsman and the Property Redress Scheme, and came in the wake of the Government’s ‘Call for Evidence’ released in October 2017. […]

How to Prepare Your Landlords for 2019

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2019 is set to see a number of changes for landlords. More legislation, ongoing tax changes, and the dreaded B-word ‘Brexit’, there is a lot to consider so here is our update and views on how to get through it all and come out smiling.   LEGISLATION On 20th of March the Fitness for Habitation Bill […]

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