Landlords could face big fines if they do not act to comply with changes to assured shorthold tenancy agreements from next month.
The change means compulsory tenancy deposit protection comes in to force for assured shorthold tenancies for rent up to £100,000 a year from October 1, 2010. Continue reading Big fines for landlords who flout new tenancy rules. Student landlords are particularly at risk under the new rules, as many students will move in to rented homes that come under the regulations before October 1, and their deposits must go on protection by October 15
A landlord group has responded to the government’s challenge to identify changes to the law that would make running a business easier.
The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has responded with suggestions that they say would revitalise the private rental sector.
Top of the list is carrying on with self-regulation rather than resurrecting the old government’s proposal to introduce a licensing and registration scheme in England and Wales. Continue reading Don’t regulate landlords any more, urges Residential Landlords Association (RLA).
Landlords are urged to check out gas safety at their properties and to make sure properly qualified fitters are carrying out work on boilers, heating and cookers.
Student landlords should carry out safety checks before the start of the new academic year, says the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the organisation responsible for enforcing gas safety rules. Continue reading Gas watchdog hots up on safety checks