Complaints system overhaul

Today, Communities Secretary the Right Honourable James Brokenshire has announced an overhaul of the complaints and redress system for the property industry. The idea is to have one "housing industry" wide scheme with a single point of contact for the consumer. Some...

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Fitness for Human Habitation

Fitness for Human Habitation

On 20 December 2018 the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 received Royal Assent. It covers both private and council housing though we will only comment on the main stream PRS implications. The new law modifies rules already in the Landlord and Tenant Act...

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Tenant Fee Ban Deposit Cap.

Just a quick note to say that the Government have announced that they plan to reduce the deposit that can be charged from the previously announced 6 weeks rent to just 5 weeks' rent. Time will tell what the effect of this will be but clearly there will be some...

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Problems with client money protection.

As part of the tenant fee ban the Government have been told by the industry that the ban will result in agents going out of business and not having the money to repay deposits and rent they hold. The Government have agreed that to avoid this problem they should bring...

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Civil Procedure Rules 2018 – 1 October 2018

Civil Procedure Rules 2018 – 1 October 2018

On 6 September 2018, the Civil Procedure (Amendment No 3) Rules 2018 were laid before Parliament and the changes are due to come into effect on 1 October 2018. Rule 8 of the amended rules will amend rule 83.2(3) of the 1998 rules as below. Civil Procedure Rules 1998...

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News on Form 6A post October 2018

As an exclusive to PRSP members we are writing to you to update you on conversation we have been having with MHCLG. The Deregulation Act brought in a new section 21 notice from 1 October 2015, for all the tenancies created after 1 October 2015, including renewals....

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New Court Forms

New Court Forms

All landlords and agents should be aware that there are new N5B, N5 and N119 Court forms on the Court service website. The update seems to be about now containing a data protection statement with information about their use of personal data. Whilst the change may not...

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Energy Performance Certificates: call for evidence

Energy Performance Certificates: call for evidence

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has launched a new consultation seeking evidence on how Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are currently performing along with requesting feedback on suggestions for improvement of the EPC. Government are...

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