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.
This is the CLA response to the Ministry of Housing, Communities &Local Government consultation on whether there is a case for a specific HousingCourt. The response is derived frommember feedback from a recent CLA survey together with member responses to the questions
posed by the MHCLG.
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.
HM Treasury and MHCLG were concerned that some owners of self-catering holiday accommodation were using the current flexibility on Small Business Rate Relief to avoid paying both Council Tax and non-domestic rates when no real business has existed. This consultation aims to better define, for non-domestic rates, what constitutes a self-catering business.
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.
The CLA has negotiated a comprehensive national telecoms wayleave framework that sets new rates and provides templates for members to use when negotiating with Openreach and alternative network providers of fibre optic cabling for broadband. This framework revises previous agreements in 2010 and 2012 and complies with the Electronic Communications Code 2017.
This was a consultation on draft new Cadw/Welsh Government guidance Managing scheduled monuments in Wales. The draft already reflected comments made by the CLA on an earlier draft, but this response makes a few further comments to improve the text and to clarify that there can, in some cases, be good reasons to make changes to scheduled monuments.
This was a DCMS consultation of selected stakeholders (not a public consultation) on draft new advice on the principles used by DCMS and Historic England in the listed buildings. This makes very few changes to the actual principles, and it generally improves on the previous advice. This CLA response focuses on underlying issues, especially the need for a more effective appeal process when buildings are listed, and the need for a clearer explanation of what are (and are not) attached and curtilage structures.
This was a Historic England consultation on draft advice on the insurance of historic buildings, aimed at owners, professionals, and others. The CLA response welcomes the intention to publish advice (there was a consultation on this in 2008, but no advice was then published), but suggests some changes to make it clearer and more helpful.
This Guidance Note is the only substantive guidance on this subject written from the point of view of managers and owners of heritage in England. It gives advice on how to get listed building and planning consents for heritage-related proposals, i.e. proposals which would affect listed buildings, conservation areas, world heritage sites, registered parks and gardens, scheduled and unscheduled monuments, and other significant heritage, or land within their settings. It has been updated to August 2018. There is a separate Guidance Note for Wales.