GN23-19 Reducing heating costs and improving the sustainability of heritage and other existing buildings (including let buildings) in England and Wales

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.

GN22-19 Key Points to remember when granting an Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) (England only)

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.

 

"Statements of heritage significance"

 

The need for this advice was suggested by the CLA and others, and the CLA response welcomes this consultation in principle, but suggests that it could have only limited impact as drafted.  The response suggests a number of crucial changes which would greatly increase its impact and effectiveness:  it could then be of real help to owners/applicants and local authorities, and considerably improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the whole heritage protection system. 

 

Tailored Review of Historic England

Public bodies are reviewed roughly five-yearly, in line with Cabinet Office requirements.  These reviews aim to "...provide robust challenge to... the continuing need for the organisation and, where appropriate, make recommendations for improvement".  This CLA response to the 2019 Tailored Review of Historic England praises many aspects of HE's work.  But it also raises a number of serious concerns, especially that the current heritage protection system is failing after years of cuts to the planning system, and that HE urgently needs to implement reforms to ensure that the system will work and be financially-sustainable in future.  It suggests a number of recommendations for the Review.

GN19-19 Rent Smart Wales and Mandatory Landlord Registration

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.

Technical consultation on setting decapitalisation rates for Wales for the Non-Domestic Revaluation 2021

Decapitalisation Rates are used in the calculation of the rateable value of certain properties. These might include buildings on private land for which it is difficult to apply a rate based on the normal formulae of comparison. 

Date of issue:                     8 March 2019

Consultation deadline:   30 May 2019

Conserving Georgian and Victorian terraced housing - A guide to managing change

Although most terraced housing is urban, the CLA responded to this consultation on new draft Historic England advice partly to commend its overall approach, and partly to encourage Historic England to publish further advice on similar lines for other building types.  The response also makes some more specific comments on the draft.

 

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.

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