GN32-14 Mandatory Landlord Registration in Wales

The Housing (Wales) Act 2014 introduces the mandatory registration of landlords in Wales and additionally requires landlords and/or their agents to be licensed in order to undertake lettings or property management activity.  The enforcement regime is extremely severe encompassing fines, rent stopping and rent repayment activity.  Crucially, the enforcement regime blocks the ability of the landlord or agent to serve section 21 notice if non-compliance is proven.  The regulatory requirements of the Act are numerous and landlords with property in Wales are strongly urged to make preparations in the run-up to Autumn 2015 commencement.

Historic England's draft Corporate Plan

Historic England will, from April 2015, be one of the two successor bodies to English Heritage, and will be responsible for what are now English Heritage's regulatory and advisory functions.  This CLA response to its draft corporate plan welcomes most of what is in the draft, but is strongly critical of gaps in the plan.  In particular, it does not take adequate account of the dramatic changes in the landscape of heritage protection in the last decade, and the likelihood of further adverse change.  The response in particular calls on Historic England to work more closely with its stakeholders, and to accept and to lead reform of the fast-declining heritage protection system so that it can protect heritage more effectively in future.

Private Rented Sector Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard Regulations (Non-Domestic)

The government is proposing to introduce Minimum Energy Performance standards in privately rented domestic and non-domestic properties by 2018.  This would require all privately rented properties to achieve a minimum level of energy performance from 1st April 2018 before it could be legally let.  The Government consultation on the proposals closed on 2nd September and the CLA response to the consultation on non-domestic properties is provided here.

Historic Environment Good Practice Advice in Planning

After many years of CLA lobbying, there is now sound national planning policy on heritage in the 2012 National Planning Policy Framework and 2014 National Planning Practice Guidance.  English Heritage intends, beneath that Government policy and guidance, to issue a number of Good Practice Advice Notes, and Technical Advice Notes below those.  This consultation asked for comments on the three main Good Practice Advice Notes. 

Private Rented Sector Energy Efficiency Regulations (Domestic)

The government is proposing to introduce Minimum Energy Performance standards in rented domestic and non-domestic properties by 2018.  In 2016, the government is proposing to introduce a tenant right to request energy efficiency improvements.  This consultation response outlines the risks inherent in government proposals, particularly in the context of traditional properties.

Private Rented Sector Energy Efficiency Regulations (Domestic)

The government is proposing to introduce Minimum Energy Performance standards in rented domestic and non-domestic properties by 2018.  In 2016, the government is proposing to introduce a tenant right to request energy efficiency improvements.  This consultation response outlines the risks inherent in government proposals, particularly in the context of traditional properties.

Private Rented Sector Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard Regulations (Non-Domestic)

The government is proposing to introduce Minimum Energy Performance standards in privately rented domestic and non-domestic properties by 2018.  This would require all privately rented properties to achieve a minimum level of energy performance from 1st April 2018 before it could be legally let.  The Government consultation on the proposals closed on 2nd September and the CLA response to the consultation on non-domestic properties is provided here.

GN27-14 Spencer v Taylor – Good News for Residential Landlords

The Court of Appeal decision in Spencer v Taylor (2013) EWCA Civ 1600 has clarified the type of notice a landlord must serve under section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 (the "Act") once a fixed term Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) has expired and the tenant remains in occupation as a statutory periodic tenant. The result is a welcome piece of good news for landlords and their advisers.

Administration of business rates in England

This discussion paper on Business Rates looks at how property was valued, how often are reviewed, how the bills are set, how the rate is collected and availability of information and suggests options for reform.  It is clear that government want to reduce the financial burden on them in undertaking the reviews.  However individual valuations are important because of the wide variation in rural property, location and business type.  We also expect the Valuation Office Agency to be open and to act fairly.

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