The government proposes to expand mandatory licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) which is designed to help councils standardise living standards in HMO’s across the country. The rules being introduced mean that the following properties must apply for a HMO license: Properties inhabited by five of more people, which makes up two or more […]
Category Archives: Legislation & Law
Legislation and Laws are in place to be followed within the letting industry to ensure the safety of both students and landlords. Our blog covers all matters within Legislation and Law, find out more here.
The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill Currently, landlords have no obligation to their tenants to put or keep the property in a condition fit for habitation. They must repair structural damage and heating, gas, water and electricity installations – however these terms only apply once something has broken. A […]
Subject to approval: The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 is set to come into force on 6th April 2018. What does this mean for you? This regulation will allow all Landlords a degree of flexibility in when they can get their annual gas safety checks. In the same way as the current […]
2018 brings a new energy efficient standard which means that there will be new laws affecting electric space heating in your rental property. Essentially this means that any fixed electric heater in residential or business properties (this includes student accommodation) must comply with the Lot 20 directive minimum efficiency standards which aims to achieve a […]
SELECTIVE LICENSING What it is and how it may affect you The 2004 Housing Act gives local councils the power to request that landlords obtain a license for properties owned or managed in specified areas. The goal is to improve the living conditions and the community that tenants are living in. This license is in […]
In 2011, The Energy Act was founded, which imparted responsibility on the Secretary of State to improve the energy efficiency of privately rented property in the domestic and non-domestic sectors in England and Wales. In 2015, the Energy Efficiency Regulations were set in place to introduce a “Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard” (MEES). This hasn’t been […]