Whether you are targetted by activists trespassing on your land or harassing you online, there are steps you can take to prevent and respond to unwanted attention, CLA Chief Legal Adviser Andrew Gillett writes.
Following the consultation on conservation covenants by the Law Commission in 2013, the Government is now looking to take forward the recommendations set out in their report, with some amendments. This will put conservation covenants into statute as an additional legal tool to aid conservation. A conservation covenant is a voluntary, private agreement between a landowner and another body, which commits the land to be managed for the benefit of conservation.
The CLA has responded, welcoming the introduction of this new conservation tool, but setting out some areas that may need to be refined for conservation covenants to be attractive to landowners.
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.
This is the CLA response to the Ministry of Housing, Communities &Local Government consultation on whether there is a case for a specific HousingCourt. The response is derived frommember feedback from a recent CLA survey together with member responses to the questions
posed by the MHCLG.
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.
Landlords granting assured shorthold tenancies need to serve the correct version of the Government’s “How to Rent” guide on their tenants. This guide has just been updated again and the new link and further information is contained in this Guidance Note.
Residential landlords granting an assured shorthold tenancy (AST) need to be aware of the legislation that governs their situation. This guidance note sets out a summary of the steps that must be taken before granting an AST and provides further information on matters with which private residential landlords must comply.
The CLA has responded to Defra's consultation on Proposals to tackle crime and poor performance in the waste sector and introduce a new fixed penalty for the waste duty of care.
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.