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.

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.

Listed Building Consent Order for the Canal & River Trust

The Government and Historic England are consulting on a Listed Building Consent Order (LBCO) to allow the Canal & River Trust to carry out defined routine work to listed structures without having to obtain listed building consent each time, under various conditions.  The CLA response supports this.  It also stresses the need to have further LBCOs allowing carefully-defined routine works to listed buildings in any ownership, following proposals made by a Historic Environment Forum working group in which the CLA is involved.

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