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Be prepared for HMO changes in England

ARTICLE PUBLISHED ON ARLA WEBSITE FRIDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2018    In England on 1 October, the criteria for what kind of House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) needs a mandatory licence is being extended and agents will need to ensure they’re keeping landlords up to date with the incoming change in legislation and making sure that applicable properties are licensed.   The UK Government announced in May 2015 that it would be changing the cr...
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Section 21: Changes in England from October

ARTICLE PUBLISHED ON ARLA WEBSITE MONDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2018      The Deregulation Act 2015 made changes to prevent ‘retaliatory evictions’ and all new tenancies starting on or after 1 October 2015 had to adhere to new guidelines as to when and how a landlord can serve a Section 21 notice. This October all remaining Assured Shorthold Tenancies (ASTs) will be subject to these rules, regardless of their start date.   With the new ...
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Tenant Fees Bill reaches the House of Lords  

Article published on ARLA website MONDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2018      The controversial Bill that will ban most charges set by landlords and letting agents to tenants in England has started its journey through the upper chamber.   The Tenant Fees Bill was introduced into Parliament in May of this year, and it has since completed its stages in the House of Commons and moved swiftly into the Lords for further scrutiny. The First Readi...
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Study reveals rise in children raised in squalid rental homes

Article written by Robert Booth, appeared in Gaurdian 10th September 2018   One in three homes in England at lowest rents are classed as non-decent, analysis shows   A quarter of a million families bringing up babies and infants in England are living in privately rented accommodation that fails to meet the decent homes standard, it has emerged.   The number of households bringing up children aged under four in squalid conditions, w...
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England: 1.75m private renters believe they will never buy house

ARTICLE PUBLISHED BY GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER JULY 2018   About 1.75 million people who rent their homes do not believe they will ever be able to buy, an increase of 50% since 2010.   Analysis of the official English Housing Survey by Labour shows the number of households renting privately that don’t expect to be able to buy in the future has increased by 585,000 since the Conservatives came to power.   Renters’ pessimism has grown despi...
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Proposed Legislation for Minimum Room Size

Article published by Letting Agent Today on 2nd January 2018    The government has announced new minimum space requirements for private lettings in a bid to reduce problems of overcrowding.                                                                       ...
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Using photos and video as evidence A guide for landlords and agents

Article published by My Deposit Scotland 8th February 2017   Inventories - to photograph or not to photograph? Even in this digital age, where social media and the way in which we receive information has made visual content appear more important than ever before, the use of photographs in inventory reports remains a somewhat contentious issue. Our Head of Dispute Resolution, Suzy Hershman, considers whether photographs and videos are useful ...
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