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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 […]

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill

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UPDATE JANUARY 2019: Following agreement by both Houses on the text of the Bill, it received Royal Assent on 20 December 2018. The Bill is now an Act of Parliament. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government will publish guidance for local authorities, landlords and tenants in the new year, before the Act comes […]

Tenant Fee Ban Update

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On 5th November the Tenant Fees Bill started the Committee stage of the bill as it went to the Lords Grand Committee in the Moses Room (outside the Lords Chamber) for approximately 4 hours from 3.30pm. In Grand Committee, any member can take part and decisions on amendments can be made, but no votes can […]

NEW SECTION 21 NOTICE INFORMATION FOR YOUR LET-ONLY CLIENTS

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We are sure that all of your lettings staff are perfectly clued-up about the changes to Section 21 notices, which came about on 1st October.  However, we do also know that you may not be in touch with all of your let-only landlords on a regular basis, so, we have put together a letter for […]

TRADING STANDARDS RAMPAGE

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If you are operating in an office premises it is the law that you have your fees to vendors, landlords and tenants displayed in a prominent position under Section 83 of the Consumer Rights Act 2015.  The same information should legally be displayed on the agent’s website. The notices must contain: A description of each […]

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