Local authorities can create 'local heritage lists' of heritage assets which are not significant enough to qualify for national listing/scheduling etc, but are felt to be sufficient local significance to be taken into account in planning decisions. Local heritage listing gives this heritage a degree of protection. It may affect (positively or negatively) owners and neighbouring owners, and the CLA has lobbied for years to ensure that it it transparent and proportionate. Less than half of local authorities have local heritage lists, but a Government initiative (in England) seeks to make this more common in future. This Guidance Note explains how local heritage listing is carried out, what it means, and how members can be involved in, or influence, the process.
When considering changing a property’s use from residential tenancy to holiday let (or vice versa) there are important issues to consider before making any decisions. This Guidance Note summarises the tenancy, planning and rating considerations when switching and also deals briefly with the tax and insurance implications.
The Green Homes Grant (GHG) is a £2 billion scheme which will fund two-thirds of the cost of specific home improvements up to a maximum contribution of £5,000 (or £10,000 for low-income households). The grant opened on 30 September 2020 and is set to close on 31 March 2022. This guidance note looks at who is eligible for the grant and how to apply for a voucher as well as other frequently asked questions.
This Guidance Note is the only guidance on this subject written from the viewpoint of those who own and/or manage heritage. It is an introduction to the widespread problem of managing and rescuing heritage which is in decay, usually because it is redundant and the cost of repairing and/or re-using a building appears to be greater than any feasible economic return. It also suggests what you can do if there are local authority or Historic England/Cadw urgent works or compulsory purchase initiatives on buildings you manage or own.
Many or most CLA members have archaeological features on their land. This Guidance Note explains the way in which they are protected by scheduling and/or via the planning system, how they can be managed, and how you can get consents for change.
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.
The CLA has responded to the Government's consultation: Improving the energy performance of privately rented homes in England and Wales which most notably proposes the tightening minimum standards to EPC Band C from 2025 for new tenancies and by 2028 for all existing tenancies paired with an increase to the landlord cost cap to £10,000.
In our response, we highlight the unique challenge faced by off-gas grid, traditional rural homes and the serious impact these proposals will have on the rural private rented sector. We raise a number of serious concerns, including the assessment methodology, the fuel-cost metric, the increased landlord cost cap and the timescale.
After years of CLA persuasion (it was a key 'ask' in our Averting crisis in heritage campaign in 2011), Historic England has now consulted on draft wholly-new advice on listed building consent (LBC), including on whether or not LBC is required. The CLA is on Historic England's sounding board for this advice. Although the current LBC system has been in place for over 50 years, and has Draconian penalties for non-compliance, there has never been any substantive advice - one of several reasons why, although most people approve strongly of listing in principle, there is a widespread perception that the actual LBC system is arbitrary, inefficient, and disproportionate. This formal CLA consultation response welcomes this draft advice in general terms, but suggests changes needed if it is to work effectively.
Local heritage listing of buildings (and occasionally other kinds of heritage) by local authorities has happened for decades. It is not the same as national statutory listing, but it gives heritage a degree of protection via the planning system (there is a CLA Guidance Note on this, available on the advice pages of the CLA website). After much CLA lobbying Historic England published advice on this in 2012, suggesting that sound procedures are followed including consultation of owners and the community. This consultation was on an updated version of this advice.
Residential landlords should note that the Government has updated the obligatory “How to Rent” guide that must be served on all new Assured Shorthold tenants – ideally before the start of the tenancy. Failure to serve the correct guide will invalidate any subsequent section 21 notice when seeking to repossess the property. The guide contains much useful information for both landlords and tenants and serves as a good checklist of their respective rights and responsibilities.