24 November 2020

RECENTLY the extent and role of the private rented sector in the housing market has seen significant changes. We have provided an update into the most recent changes below.

Electrical safety 

Private landlords in England are now required to have their electrical installation in their rental properties checked by a qualified electrician to ensure that they are safe. 

Electrical installations must be inspected and tested prior to the start of a new tenancy, including renewals and checks must be carried out on any existing tenancies by the 1st April 2021. 

This check must be carried out at least every five years and a copy of the most recent electrical safety report must be provided to both new and current tenants. 

Landlords are responsible for making sure that the completed checks are undertaken by a suitably competent electrician. At Linley & Simpson we have engaged a group of experienced electricians who can carry out the required checks on your behalf. We will endeavour to have all certificates carried out within a reasonable time scale with ones required for new tenancies and tenancy renewals taking priority. 

Evictions and Section 21 

New legislation has been introduced so that landlords must now give tenants 6 months’ notice before they can evict until March 2021, except in more serious cases including:

  • Anti-social behaviour 
  • Domestic abuse 
  • False statement 
  • Over nine months’ accumulated rent arrears built up before March 23rd 2020 
  • Breach of immigration rules ‘Right to Rent’.

Further to this, landlords need to set out in their claim any relevant information about a tenants’ circumstances, including information on the effect of Covid-19 pandemic.  

The Green Homes Grant

The government has opened applications for the Green Homes grant scheme, which allows landlords and homeowners to apply for a grant of up to £10,000 towards the cost of making homes more energy efficient. 

Under the scheme, landlords and homeowners in England can apply for a voucher to fund at least two-thirds of the cost of hiring tradespeople to upgrade the energy performance of their homes, up to a maximum contribution of £5,000 or up to £10,000 for lower-income households. 

The aim of the Green Home Grant is to upgrade over 600,000 homes across England, with the government saying that this will save households hundreds of pounds per year on their energy bills.

Click here to apply for a Green Homes Grant.  

For further information on any of the recent legislations please contact your nearest branch directly. You can find all contact information here.

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