Protected tenancy – Landlords responsibilities

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20:17 PM, 9th July 2013
About 8 years ago

Protected tenancy – Landlords responsibilities

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Protected tenancy – Landlords responsibilities

I have relatives who have a protected tenancy, living in an oldish house in a rural area. Now in their 70’s they are finding it impossible to heat the house adequately in the winters. The heating system is antiquated and in need of updating. They have already provided improved loft insulation, paid for cavity wall insulation & secondary glazing. The old wooden windows are rotten and have had several repairs over the years.

They have approached the Landlord’s Managing Agent (the property is owned by an Estate) who is very reluctant to do anything to bring the property up to today’s standards. There has been talk of perhaps installing a new wood-burning fired/fuelled system – mains gas is not available – but with the tenants paying for the installation of chimney-liners and other items.

I have read articles outlining the Protected Tenants rights and the protections afforded under that status. However, what rights do tenants have when it comes to major items being replaced when these items come to the end of their working life , and what obligations do Landlords have to maintain them or replace them ?

Thank you in advance for your comments.

Mike TProtected tenancy - Landlords responsibilities

Comments

13:26 PM, 13th July 2013
About 8 years ago

Yes I can imagine what would occur.
The LL would not be able to continue renting to tenants if the property does not meet EPC E standard.
So the regulated tenancy has to come to an end.
The tenants will be housed by the council as they have been forced out of a property by the law as the LL has NOT improved the property to the E PC E standard.
So the LL then 'moves' into this property where it becomes his PPR.
He does it up with the assistance of the GD and then that is it.
No licencing needed.
He will of course have some 'lodgers'.
There is NO requirement to have the GD if you have a PPR where you have some lodgers.
After about 1 year he will move out and return to his former PPR where domestic differences have now been settled!!!!
He will then rent the former PPR property out at market rent without a Regulated tenant in sight.
He will also have satisfied certain tax regulations for PPR relief etc.
I'm afraid the gravy train of regulated tenancies will come to an end in 2018 if LL have any business sense!

15:08 PM, 13th July 2013
About 8 years ago

Thinking further about it I'm glad none of my properties are in a licencing zone.
Just imagine you lose your LL licence because you cannot pass the credit check for the GD and you don't have the money to spend on the E standard for those properties which you presently rent out which are regulated.
So all the tenants have to leave;bankrupting th LL.
Glad all my properties are above E PC E standard.
There are going to be lots of LL offloading their crappier properties!!
Pity the booted out tenants!!?

andrew townshend

15:30 PM, 13th July 2013
About 8 years ago

yes paul, and won't the council housing departments have a problem too !

6:42 AM, 14th July 2013
About 8 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "andrew townshend" at "13/07/2013 - 15:30":

Yep I think this EPC regulation will have to be relaxed as there will be hundreds of thousands of homeless tenants.
Apparently there are 682000 rental properties that do NOT presently meet the EPC E standard!
I really cannot see ALL those properties meeting the standard by 2018 at the latest!!!
Will LL have to commence eviction proceedings months before the EPC ruling is introduced.
Surely a tenant would NOT be allowed to remain in a rental property after the cut of date for the E EPC!!??
So yes council housing depts will be having a few 'issues'!!?

Mike T

7:09 AM, 14th July 2013
About 8 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "sam " at "13/07/2013 - 04:19":

Sam, I think you went off track a little by saying that I "our friend " is wanting to force the LL to cough up more expenditure. The thread was at that point discussing the potential of purchasing Protected Tenancy Properties and not actually talking about the subject in my post !

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