Conservation Covenants

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.

GN10-19 Tenant Fees Act 2019 - England Only

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.

GN09-19 Energy Peformance Certificates (EPCS) and Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) in Domestic Lettings (For England and Wales)

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.

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.

GN21-18 KEY POINTS TO REMEMBER WHEN GRANTING AN ASSURED SHORTHOLD TENANCY (AST)

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.

 

 

GN11-17 Livestock Worrying

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.

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