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COVID-19 in the UK: emergency legislation for renters

The government has confirmed it will bring forward emergency legislation to protect residential tenants from eviction. Following the Budget which announced mortgage “holidays” for those who own their homes, the government has been urged to assist private renters impacted by COVID-19. Under the emergency legislation landlords will be unable to start proceedings to obtain possession

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Coming soon: New electrical safety standards for PRS landlords

New draft Electrical Safety Regulations have been laid before Parliament but what do they mean for landlords in the private rented sector? When and where will they apply? If passed, these regulations will apply in England to most new residential tenancies from 1 July 2020 and all existing residential tenancies from 1 April 2021. They

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RIP the fixed term residential tenancy?

Landlords will have to provide a good reason to evict residential tenants from now on, the government announced on 15 April, in a proposed major reform of the private rental market. It says it will abolish so called “section 21 evictions”, which currently allow landlords to bring to an end residential tenancies without an underlying

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Client money protection schemes for property agents: What’s the latest?

Are you a landlord or a tenant? Think you’ve heard something about new laws to protect your money when held by an agent? If you want to know more, read on… New regulations mean that by 1 April 2019 all private rented residential property agents that handle client money in England will have to sign

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Consumer disputes in the housing sector: a long-awaited reform

Consumer access to remedy has long been a neglected part of what many consider to be an already broken housing market. Housing disputes are heard in a number of different legal settings and the process is often convoluted and opaque. As a result, this vulnerable part of the real estate sector (private renters, social housing

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Time’s almost up for residential letting fees

Seven months on from its publication in November 2017, the draft Bill to ban residential letting fees has undergone the Committee Stage of pre-legislative scrutiny without amendment and now heads back to Parliament for its Report Stage. As the Bill looks increasingly likely to become law, we take stock of the Bill’s aims and review

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A slice of good fortune for student and PRS investors? Impact of SDLT changes

The changes announced on 3 December to the calculation of Stamp Duty Land Tax on residential property (see Chancellor slices up SDLT) will similarly modify the way in which the tax is calculated when claiming Multiple Dwellings Relief. Before 4 December 2014, the rate of SDLT applicable to a qualifying transaction in ‘multiple dwellings’ was