Tenant Fee Ban latest news

March 5, 2019

Royal Thumbs Up For Tenants Fees Ban

17th Feb 2019

The Royal Assent has just been granted to the Tenant Fees Bill that will ban agents and landlords from charging tenants certain fees starting June 1st 2019.


The Act will prohibit agents and landlords from charging fees when setting up a new or renewing an existing tenancy in the private rented sector.

As well as implementing a ban on lettings fees, the Act has ruled that a cap will be introduced on security deposits for prospective tenants which will be no more than the equivalent of five weeks' rent.

From June 1st Holding Deposits will also be capped to the equivalent of one week's rent.
The government's intention is to make it easier for tenants to rent homes in England by introducing caps on deposits and reducing fees considerably, far more affordable, it also believes that the market will become more competitive and far more transparent.

The new Act will make it mandatory that agents or landlords will not be able to charge any more than £50 for a changing a tenancy or be fined £5,000 for breaching the new rules.

The Housing and Communities Secretary, James Brokenshire, said: "Tenants across the country should not be stung by unexpected costs from agents or landlords.

"This Act not only delivers on our promise to ban letting fees but also caps deposits at 5 weeks’ rent and sets out how and when landlords can charge tenants fees – helping renters keep more of their hard-earned cash. This is part of our ongoing action to make renting fairer and more transparent and make a housing market that works for everyone."

A spokesperson for an industry trade body, commented: "We’ve known the tenant fees ban has been coming for a long time, but with only 109 days to go until it comes into force, the industry must start taking time to prepare.

"The government will soon publish its guidance now that we have legislative certainty, which will give agents a better understanding as to how the ban should practically be implemented
 

GDPR 2018

June 10, 2018
Our website has been updated to include the information surrounding the GDPR 2018. We have included details of how the data controller and the data processor will aim to adhere to the regulation.
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January 23, 2017
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Important Changes to Benefit Entitelment

November 8, 2016
https://www.gov.uk/benefits-calculators

Local housing allowance - LHA - shelter.org.uk‎


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2013 Council Tax Changes

April 2, 2013

Changes to Council Tax Discounts for Empty Properties and Second Homes

Changes to Council Tax Discounts & Exemptions

The Government is allowing councils to introduce changes to Council Tax discounts and exemptions in respect of second homes and certain empty properties. Thereis also a new power to charge an additional amount of Council Tax on properties that have been continuously empty for more than two years. These changes in legislation start on April 1 2013.

Summary of Changes

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Tenant Beware!

January 17, 2013
Tenants are strongly advised to ensure that they register all the utilities as soon as they have signed up for thier tenancy, and retain receipts for furniture purchased for thier new home....http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2005/sep/03/consumernews.jobsandmoney2

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Cannabis factory awareness

October 21, 2012

A Burton landlord who allowed one of his tenants to continue cultivating a cannabis factory narrowly escaped going straight to jail.
  As part of our service a member of our team attended a Cannabis Factory Awareness Semiar. The Seminar looked at "Spot Signs" and will be used as part of Periodical Inspection Visits. 


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Cleaning Deposit Dispute on the Rise...

October 21, 2012
According to the Association of Independant Inventory Clerks (AIIC), landlords and agents are increasingly faced with dirty properties at the end of the tenancy agreement, which has ledto cleaning being the commonest disagreement in cases brought in disputes and arise in around half the cases.

AIIC have put together the most common cleaning problems at check out...

* Stained and marked carpets
* Dirty ovens
* Heavy lime scale to kitchens and bathrooms
* Grease deposits in the kitchen
* Dirty window...
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Electrical Risk Warning

October 21, 2012
The Electrical Safety Council (ESC) says that whilst landlords are legally obliged to provide an annual gas safety certificate, there is no equivilant legal obligation for electrical installations. ESC recommends that agent and landlords should have a Periodic Inspection Report (PIR) carried out by a registered electrician at least every 5 years, or on a change of tenancy.

Points to consider:
* warn tenants not to overload sockets and put adaptors into adaptors
* don't attempt electrical repair...
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Web Portal targets benefit tenants

October 21, 2012
The first dedicated property web portal that connects letting agents and landlords with people claiming housing benefit was launched in September 2012. Click on link below to visit the website.

http://www.dssmove.co.uk/
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