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Advice on universal credits for landlords

A recently published article sets out the basics of universal credit with advice for landlords on what they can do and who they can contact to ensure the process runs smoothly. Read the full article on universal credits for...

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Five week cap to be set on deposits

The government tabled an amendment to the Tenants Fees Bill on Tuesday, bringing the proposed 6 week deposit cap down to 5 weeks.  The Tenant Fees Bill is with the House of Lords and the report stage is due to take place  on 11 December 2018.Read more about the...

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The PRS in Scotland:  a model we can learn from

An article last month in The Scotsman analysed the reforms to the PRS in Scotland and compared them to new and proposed changes to the PRS in England, highlighting important factors such as rent protection which have not been addressed in England. The article also...

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James Brokenshire announces Housing Court proposal

The government is consulting on a number of different proposals to make the legal pathways around housing disputes more efficient and more easily navigable by both landlords and tenants. These proposals include setting up a new Housing Court. Access more details of...

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Letting Relief Reform

Letting Relief will be significantly curbed under the new Autumn budget. Currently landlords who sell a lettings property that they have previously used as their only or main residence are entitled to Private Residence Relief for the years that they lived in the...

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£2 million fund for councils to tackle rogue landlords

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has made a £2 million fund available to councils.  Councils will be able to bid for grants to help them take action against criminal landlords. Applications need to be made by the end of November.  Projects...

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New telephone system for landlords to contact DWP

The DWP has informed the RLA about a new telephone system that landlords can use to get straight through to the claimant's case manager. This can be used when the tenant is happy for the landlord to contact DWP on their behalf and has given explicit consent for them...

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Combustible Cladding to be Banned

The Government has confirmed it is going to ban the use of all combustible cladding on new residential buildings over 18m. New building regulations will be introduced for external wall systems. The Communities Secretary James Brokenshire announced the decision at the...

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Section 21 rule changes

From 1 October 2018 the changes to Section 21 eviction notices introduced in October 2015 now apply to all assured shorthold tenancies (ASTs) including those that started before 1 October 2015. There is just one notice that can be used (S21 6A notice).  This cannot be...

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