The Cutting Red Tape Review

In response to the Government's objective of saving some £10bn up to 2020 through reducing red tape, the CLA has said that it is vital that there is no duplication in activities (for example, inspections) between central government and local authorities.  The CLA also stresses the need for a more flexible planning system in order to free up resources to ensure that government guidance as to rural economic development are followed.

GN03-16 "HOME BUSINESS TENANCIES" - RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES THAT PERMIT TENANTS TO WORK FROM HOME (ENGLAND AND WALES)

For a long time there has been a concern for residential landlords about their tenants working from home.  The worry has been that by allowing the tenant to run a business from home the tenancy could evolve into one that was governed by the provisions of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 so that the tenant might gain automatic rights of renewal as provided by Part ll of that Act.  The Housing Act 1988 permitted some home working so long as the tenancy was substantially for the purposes of providing the tenant with a home but there was always an anxiety as to when the line was crossed.

GN02-16 Residential Tenancies - "Right to Rent" Scheme To Roll Out Across England From 1 February 2016

This is a reminder to members who let residential property that from 1 February 2016, the “Right to Rent” scheme will be extended across England. This means all private landlords in England will have to check that new tenants have the right to be in the UK before renting out their property. Tied accommodation (where an employee is housed as part of his job) and holiday lets do not fall within the scheme but some licences, sub-tenancies and lodging agreements will be caught. Legal advice should be sought if there is doubt about the need to carry out the checks.

GN49-15 The Immigration Act 2014 and its application to commercial leases with a residential element

The Immigration Act 2014 brought in the concept of a ‘right to rent’ whereby the landlord would be made responsible for checking that the prospective tenant had a right to rent accommodation in England and Wales. The purpose of this guidance note is to draw attention to the fact that it is not merely landlords of assured shorthold tenancies that are affected.  

GN48-15 Immigration Act 2014

The Immigration Act 2014 (“the Act”) received Royal Assent on May 14, 2014 and, despite the objections made by the CLA and others it contains significant new developments that will affect private residential landlords. (Part 3, Ch.1 “Access to Services - Residential Tenancies”). 

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