Notice periods revert for residential landlords seeking possession
October will see a major milestone in notice periods for residential tenancies where landlords are seeking possession, as they revert to pre-pandemic requirements. But with fears of a tough winter, as gas prices soar and furlough support ends, landlords are being warned to check the latest guidance before taking action, as additional protections for tenants may need to be reinstated.
A year of change for residential landlords
Residential landlords are under pressure to keep on top of a raft of new legislation and guidelines this year, including many protections for tenants extended by the government during the pandemic.
What is a Reactivation Notice and will you need one?
Latest Updates for Private Landlords
The rules for landlords are forever changing, so read on for some of the latest updates.
Landlord Update: Gas Safety Certificates
As most landlord’s should be aware, if you had failed to provide a Gas Safety Certificate to the tenant prior to the outset of the tenancy, then this failure meant a section 21 notice procedure could not be followed to bring an assured shorthold tenancy to an end.
Hope for private renters and landlords
On the 25th March 2020 the Coronavirus Act (“the Act”) received royal assent and became law, temporarily changing the landscape of private leasing overnight.
Tips for becoming a landlord
Right to refuse a business tenancy cannot be misused
An interesting case is currently making its way through the court system and may have far reaching implications for the landlord/tenant relationship in relation to tenancy renewals; making it more difficult for a landlord to refuse the renewal of a tenancy.
Changes Afoot for Commercial Landlords
The Energy Efficiency Regulations 2015 brought into force minimum energy efficiency standards for residential and commercial properties. As of 1 April 2018, Landlords with properties within the scope of these Regulations must not renew existing tenancies or grant new tenancies if the property has less than the minimum Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of ‘E’. It is estimated that a significant number of rented properties in England and Wales have an F or G rating.
Pressure on litigation costs from “Proportionality”
New rules on the losing side paying the costs of the winning side in litigation can leave “winners” significantly out of pocket.