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Our CEO, Peter Davis has written articles which appear in the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper in the Property pages:

Landlords, your business – do it right  lis-article-9-16

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After further public consultation, it has been decided that court fees will increase across the board. This rise was introduced on 21 March 2016 and details of the new fees can be found in full here.

Some of the key increases are as follows:-

  • The issue fee for a claim for possession has increased from £280 to £355;
  • The issue fee using the Possession Claims Online (PCOL) service remains cheaper but has increased to £325; and
  • A further increase to fees in small claims, such as those made by landlords against former tenants with rent arrears or fees for leasehold service charge debt recovery.

 

RIGHT TO RENT – IMMIGRATION STATUS OF NEW TENANTS

As of 1st February 2016 Landlords are required to make checks that new tenants have the right to be in the UK.

See this update notice for further details – Rent to Rent Document Checks – a user guide

 

CHANGES TO SECTION 21 POSSESSION NOTICES FROM 1st OCTOBER 2015

There are several changes which affect Landlords and the serving of Section 21 notices. Click here – SECTION-21-NOTICE-CHANGES-FROM-1st-OCTOBER-2015.doc outlined under the Deregulation Bill 2015

Here is the revised Section 21 Notice – New Section 21 Notice

 


Smoke and CO Alarms – comes into effect 1 October 2015

Subject to Parliamentary approval, PRS landlords will be require to have a working smoke alarm on every floor of their rental properties, and a CO alarm in rooms where there is a solid fuel heating system. the alarms must be tested and in working order at the start of new tenancy.

This legislation will be enforced by the local authority, and penalties could be up to £5,000.

Fire Regulations CO and Alarms availability so far by Local Authority on allocation of Smoke Alarms and CO detectors