The PM has confirmed the Government will bring in emergency legislative measures to protect tenants unable to cover rent owing to the loss of household income attributable to the coronavirus. It is not yet clear what this will mean in practice, however it obviously suggests that landlords will be prevented from seeking eviction for the

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards and EPC requirements

The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) Regulations 2015 introduced from 1st April 2018 states that properties having a new tenancy would require an EPC rating of ’E’ or above. As from 1st April 2020 existing tenancies will need to comply unless a valid exemption has been registered. However, this applies to properties which are legally

Is there any value in a property inspection?

First of all what is a property inspection?   A property inspection is where the property landlord or their representative conducts a visit (or visits) during the life of a tenancy. The number of visits will relate to the length of the tenancy and concerns the landlord has. Once during the tenancy of one year is

Rented Homes Bill update

The Rented Homes Bill announced in the Queen’s speech before Christmas has not yet been presented to Parliament and there has been no response to the public consultation. The Bill includes : strengthening the rights of landlords who need to gain possession of their property through the courts, via a reformed section 8 and an

Mandatory electrical testing

The new regulations, if implemented, mean new tenancies from 1st July 2020 must comply. All tenancies must comply, including those granted before 1st July 2020, by 1st April 2021. The Electrical Safety Regulations will require private landlords to ensure electrical safety standards in the 2018 edition of the IET wiring regulations (BS7671:2018) are met, whenever

Right of access for inspection and viewing

Although the responsibility of the tenant and landlord should be outlined in the tenancy agreement, there may be times where this is subject to change and the landlord may wish to inspect the property. A landlord must be sure that their investment is being cared for properly and if they suspect this is not the

Great Yarmouth Selective Licensing compliance advice

Homesafe are providing Selective Licensing support for Great Yarmouth Borough Council. A key element of the Selective Licensing scheme is that properties receive 3 compliance checks during the 5-year scheme and these are currently scheduled to be  conducted in years 1, 2 and 4. It may be useful to share Homesafes’ previous experiences with you. We

Tenant Fees Act—frequently asked questions

The following are some queries we have received from members about holding deposits, tenancy deposits and other fees. Can I ask a tenant to pay for gardening services? No. You cannot require a tenant to pay for gardening unless this has been included as part of the rent. If a tenant paid a tenancy deposit

Energy Performance Certificate minimum requirements

Under the Energy Efficiency Regulations 2015 the minimum level of energy efficiency for private rented dwellings in England and Wales is EPC band E. Since 1st April 2018 landlords may not grant a new tenancy or renew an existing tenancy for a property rated EPC F or G(unless an exemption applies). The landlord must improve

Domestic abuse in the PRS: A matter of life and death

Nearly two million people in the UK suffer from some form of domestic abuse every year, including more than 100,000 who are at high or imminent risk of being murdered or seriously injured by their partner or ex-partner. With such high numbers, it stands to reason that many landlords are likely to house a victim