Letting legislation – what is it?
The letting legislation governs the rules that landlords must adhere to; however, these rules are a forever moving target. It is important that landlords are fulfilling their responsibilities especially as there are over 150 pieces of lettings legislation. These legislations are important to ensure that tenants receive a fair experience in private lettings.
How do landlords keep on top of letting legislation?
There’s no doubting it’s hard to ensure as a landlord you are keeping up to date with the latest regulations. From EPC certificates to maintenance carried out to government regulations, there are potential issues around every corner. And, for most landlords, the pressure of keeping on top of things can be too much. That’s where letting agents come in…
Should landlords work with an agent?
The simple answer is yes – if you want more time to spend maximising your time elsewhere. As we mentioned, the task of keeping up to date with the forever moving goalposts of letting legislation, it can make more sense to hire an agent to manage this for you. Also, working with an agency that has expertise in helping landlords stay compliant will ensure you maximise your ROI.
Diary dates for upcoming legislations 2022
15 July 2022: Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016
Renting in Wales will change drastically from July 2022, when new rules for tenancy types and notice periods will be introduced, to “make it simpler and easier to rent a home”.
30 September 2022: End to Covid-19 adjusted right to rent checks (England)
The temporary measures to allow the right to rent checks over video call and to share scanned copies or photos of documents rather than the originals have been extended to September 2022.
1 October 2022: New extended regulations on carbon monoxide and smoke alarms expected to come into force (England and Wales)
These regulations will now apply to social housing associations and will extend carbon monoxide regulations. This is to ensure there is an alarm in any room used as living accommodation with a fixed combustion appliance.
If you’re looking for a letting agent to help manage your property then contact us today.