This guidance note covers the requirement for EPCs for buildings being let or sold. It has been updated to July 2019.
This is the only substantive guidance written from the point of view of owners of heritage and traditional buildings. It covers ways of cutting heating costs, improving comfort, reducing your carbon footprint, and government incentives. It also covers growing government compulsion, especially in the context of compulsory 'minimum energy performance standards' for let buildings from 2018, and the Building Regulations. It point out many of the risks and pitfalls in all of these areas.
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.
This guidance note summarises the legislative requirements for Landlords and Residential Lettings Agents registration in Wales. CLA members must meet these requirements if letting residential properties in Wales, either directly or via an agent. Specifically, the Guide covers mandatory registration with Rent Smart Wales under Part 1 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014.
Legislation relating to the Private Rented Sector in Wales is changing. Further guidance notes will be issued shortly relating to proposed new forms of residential tenancy and restrictions on Landlord and Agent Fees in Wales.
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.
The CLA has negotiated a comprehensive national telecoms wayleave framework that sets new rates and provides templates for members to use when negotiating with Openreach and alternative network providers of fibre optic cabling for broadband. This framework revises previous agreements in 2010 and 2012 and complies with the Electronic Communications Code 2017.
This Guidance Note is the only substantive guidance on this subject written from the point of view of managers and owners of heritage in England. It gives advice on how to get listed building and planning consents for heritage-related proposals, i.e. proposals which would affect listed buildings, conservation areas, world heritage sites, registered parks and gardens, scheduled and unscheduled monuments, and other significant heritage, or land within their settings. It has been updated to August 2018. There is a separate Guidance Note for Wales.