Property Compliance

Compliance

Section 8: What Do You Need To Update?

From Tuesday 4th May 2021, letting agents and landlords must have updated their Section 8 eviction notices to include details of the Breathing Space regulations. Agents must ensure the paperwork is up to date with the new Debt Respite Scheme (Breathing Space Moratorium and Mental Health Crisis Moratorium). Should a Section 8 fail to be updated, your eviction could fail in the courts, leading to tenants remaining in your property. Whilst updating your Section 8 paperwork is crucial, understanding the Breathing Space regulation is also vital. The main changes mean that people receiving debt advice can apply for a break for up to 60 days, this break can also take place under mental health grounds. Further information on the Breathing Space changes can be found on VTUK’s LinkedIn page – https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6795980731387641856. The good news is that our Openview property software has a full directory of legal documents at your fingertips, …

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What Must You Publish?

Letting agents must publish certain information to clients. The information must be clear, not misleading and be visible to the eye in your office, on your website and on third party websites. Third party websites includes portals, social media and other websites. It may not always be possible to advertise all the details on social media, in this case a link to your fees on your website is acceptable. Below we’ve outlined what you must publish: A Detailed Breakdown Of Fees/Charges A detailed list of ALL your fees, charges and potential penalties must be published in your letting agency, on your website and on third party websites. This must be clearly visible, not misleading, setting out your fees inclusive of VAT, in your office and on your website, the customer shouldn’t have to ask for the information. On your website, the information must be together. Should it be on a …

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Things Landlords Should Be Aware Of

With over 150 forms of landlord law, the complexities of drawing up a tenancy agreement and the continuous maintenance of the let, letting a property is getting more and more difficult. As a letting agent, you should elaborate on this when trying to win business from your landlord, convincing them to turn to a managed strategy. Below we’ve outlined key things your landlords and yourself as a letting agent need to consider. 1 Repairs Ensuring you correctly manage your repairs and maintenance will not only allow you to successfully serve a Section 21 but will also keep the property in good condition, reducing the risk of the tenant living in conditions unfit for human habitation. Openview’s Task Manager ensures tenant’s report repairs, instantly, online to yourself, meaning you can consult the contractor immediately, resolving the repairs process. 2 Tenants Knowing your tenant is an important part of letting a property. …

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Protect Your Tenants From That Winter Snap

Colder weather means your properties are more at risk of damage, whether it’s the pipes, boiler, gutter or drainage system. As well as this, ensuring your lets up to date with the latest compliance will ensure your tenants are fully protected throughout the Winter months. We’ve outlined some keys things you should consider… Gas Safety With over twenty three million homes in the United Kingdom, gas safety is vital to protect your property from potential carbon monoxide poisoning. Every agent is responsible by law for keeping their gas appliances under control and in full working order. As well as this, an annual gas safety inspection must be carried out on each appliance in every one of your properties. Hiring someone to conduct the gas check can often be tricky, they must be a Gas Safe Registered engineer. Fully qualified engineers can be found on Gas Safe Register’s official site by …

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Keeping Landlords And Lettings Safe

We’re pleased to pledge our support for Gas Safety Week. As well as this blog, we’ve produced a useful video outlining everything you need to consider when it comes to gas and fire safety. Fire Safety Fire risk assessments must take place in all areas of the property including the common areas of flats and HMOs. Ensure there is an adequate means of escape within the property. There is no legal requirement for landlords to provide fire blankets/extinguishers but in the event of a fire you’ll need to show you did everything you can to prevent a fire occurring. Should you manage a HMO property, your local authority will arrange a risk assessment to take place. Fire Doors This risk assessment also extends to the examination of fire doors. Should your property have a fire door, ensure it’s clearly labelled and visible. In flats , the external door to a …

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What’s Your EPC?

In terms of the EPC (Energy Performance Certificate), new legislation has recently been announced in the private rental sector. From April 1st 2018, agents must have ensured their property meets E on the EPC scale should they wish to let it under a new or renewed tenancy unless you qualify for an exemption . By April 1st 2020, all existing tenancies must meet a minimum of E on the scale. The target is to raise the legal requirement to D by 2025 and C by 2030. If a property is found to have breached these regulations, the agent or landlord is at risk of a £4,000 civil penalty. If a property cannot achieve these ratings by the time stated, it will be banned and made illegal. Below we’ve outlined everything a property professional can do to ensure they meet these changes. What is an EPC? An EPC is a legal …

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