There have been many legislative developments over recent years that impact residential landlords. The CLA takes steps to keep members updated as legislation is implemented and bespoke advice is available from the CLA Legal Department but this Guidance Note aims to summarise the key issues that should be considered and steps that must be taken when an AST is granted.
Residential landlords should note that the Government has updated the mandatory form of section 21 notice and the obligatory "How to Rent" guide that must be served on all new Assured Shorthold tenants.
The Tenant Fees Act will come into force on 1st June 2019. Royal Assent was granted on 12th February 2019. It will apply to England only at the outset and there will be a separate Act for Wales dealing with this issue.
The Act controls what payments a landlord or letting agent may require in connection with a residential tenancy in England and restricts what third party contracts may be required of a tenant or guarantor.
All payments are prohibited save for those specifically permitted under the Act. Rent and deposits are permitted but with some restrictions.
This guidance note is to update members on recent developments on energy efficiency in the private rented domestic sector for England and Wales. The Government is planning for the next stage of improvements (to band C by 2030) and the tightening up of the enforcement process.
As of 20 March 2019, the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 (“the Act”) will come into force for residential tenancies in England. This legislation amends the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 so that landlords must ensure their property is fit for human habitation at the start of the tenancy and then maintain this standard throughout the tenancy. If they fail to do this, tenants will have the right to take legal action. The Government is heralding this new law as “a landmark moment for the rented sector”. The purpose of this guide is to explain what this means for private landlords.
Throughout the year and particularly at lambing time, the legal department receives a number of requests for advice on what action a livestock farmer can take when dogs worry their animals.
This note contains advice on reporting such incidents and sets out the circumstances in which the owner of a dog which worries livestock can be prosecuted or sued and considers the actions that the farmer can lawfully take to protect his stock.
Drones are becoming increasingly popular both for recreational use and for professional applications including surveillance and data gathering. We anticipate that the drone industry is an area which is likely to continue to expand considerably over the coming years and that there is significant potential for this technology to benefit a wide variety of industries, not least in agriculture, saving time and increasing yields.
The Immigration Act 2016 (“the 2016 Act”) received Royal Assent on 12 May 2016. On 1 November the Home Secretary announced that the provisions relevant to the private rented sector will be brought into force across England on 1 December 2016.