GN07-19 Residential Tenancies Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 England Only

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.

GN05-19 Dogs, Access and Public Rights of Way

Are dogs allowed on public rights of way? Should they be on leads? The rules vary according to the type of access, so it not surprising that many people are confused. This updated guidance explains the rules for dogs on various types of access land, and how Public Spaces Protection Orders work. It also covers landowners’ responsibilities towards dogs on public access land, and for their own animals.

Biodiversity Net Gain

The Government is consulting on the introduction of biodiversity net gain into the planning system in England.  The CLA response supports this ambition, which should help strengthen public support for development and could allow landowners to provide biodiversity off-sets.  It stresses, however, the need to ensure net gain does not negatively affect the viability of rural development.


Listed Building Consent Order for the Canal & River Trust

The Government and Historic England are consulting on a Listed Building Consent Order (LBCO) to allow the Canal & River Trust to carry out defined routine work to listed structures without having to obtain listed building consent each time, under various conditions.  The CLA response supports this.  It also stresses the need to have further LBCOs allowing carefully-defined routine works to listed buildings in any ownership, following proposals made by a Historic Environment Forum working group in which the CLA is involved.

GN02-19 Secretary of State Appointed Members to National Park Authorities and Area of Outstanding Beauty Conservation Boards - Fulfilling the Essential Criteria (England only)

Every year the Secretary of State (DEFRA) publishes an announcement of Secretary of State appointed member vacancies on National Park Authorities and AONB Conservation Boards.  The CLA advertises these vacancies to its members because of the importance of ensuring that the land management and rural business voice is represented on these Authorities and Boards.  This guidance note aims to encourage CLA members to apply for these positions by providing guidance about fulfilling the Essential Criteria and the Nolan Principles.


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