Compliance

What You Need to Know About the Draft Building Safety Bill

Born out of the Grenfell Fire Review, there are concerns that the government’s Draft Building Safety Bill could lead to increased bills for leaseholders. The draft bill is intended to make those responsible for the safety of residents within a...

Joe Parish
By Joe Parish
Do you have to provide alternative accommodation when a property is...

With more and more extreme weather events occurring across the globe (Australian bushfires, American hurricanes and British storms Ciara, Dennis and Jorge) it’s no longer possible to deny the...

All You Need to Know About Excess Heat (HHSRS Hazard 3)

Although ‘the great British summer’ is often a laughable prospect (think washed-out BBQs, gusty winds and rain stopping play!) the reality is that the UK is getting hotter and temperatures of 40°C...

The Do's and Don’ts of Virtual AGMs

Annual general meetings (AGMs) have been given the green light to go online through the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 which passed at the end of June 2020. In addition to enacting...

Different Electrical Safety Tests Explained

Mandatory electrical testing and installation inspections came into force in England for new tenancies from 1 July 2020 (existing tenancies will have until April 2021 to comply). But what format...

Novel Coronavirus and Safety Certificates (Updated)

This guest post has been updated with reference to government guidance available on 25 March 2020.

One of the key concerns of landlords and agents during the current situation is how to handle the...

Fire Safety Recommendations for Block Managers

In the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire, the Grenfell Tower Inquiry has released its phase 1 report, detailing, amongst other things, the shortcomings of the response and what steps can be taken to...

Changes in Holding Deposit Requirements for Welsh Agents and Landlords

Legislation stipulating the amount a holding deposit could be (capped at up to one week’s rent) was previously laid out under the Renting Homes (Fees etc) (Wales) Act of 2019 but, although there...

HHSRS Guide: Fire & Burn Hazards

The Fitness for Human Habitation Act (FFHH) was introduced in March 2019. Although it added no new requirements for landlords and agents, it reinforced the importance of the HHSRS (Housing health...

Everything You Need to Know About Management Orders

Let's start with the basics. What is a management order? When might the council use one? Put simply, these are legal devices enabling a council to take over the running of a property. There are a...

Key Regulatory Changes Affecting Letting Agents and Landlords

It might be the season of goodwill but landlords and lettings agents need to be prepared for what’s in store for the private rented sector in 2020. While it won’t quite be the winter of discontent...

Stop Anti Social Behaviour or Risk Losing HMO Licences

Effective management of anti-social behaviour (ASB) is a common license condition for houses in multiple occupation (HMO). You may question why your tenants’ behaviour should come under your...

5 Things You Should Know About Penalties For Breaching Tenant Fees Act

The impact of the Tenant Fees Ban to the rental market in England and Wales cannot be ignored. But while everybody knows what it prohibits (fees for supplementary services to tenants) how many of...