Legal update for 2017
If you thought that the government was solely Brexit-focused, think again! There are a number of changes planned for the year ahead and we expect these to land in April and October this year. So what’s in the pipe line?
The biggest and one that will affect most Landlords is:
The Housing and Planning Act 2016
We expect this to land in April, and there are a number of factors that will come out of this Act.
- HMOs – This will be the one to affect a lot of Landlords. Effectively ALL tenancies where three or more unrelated people share living accommodation are an HMO. There are numerous requirements that you need to have in place and with a fine of up to £30,000 for getting it wrong which will be kept by the Local council , we predict that they will be looking out for anyone that has not complied. You need to be sure you are keeping your house in order if you want to avoid their EHO’s alighting on you.
- A new ‘abandonment’ procedure which is a bit cumbersome to follow. However, it will mean that after a long period of serving notices and waiting for notice periods to expire, you will be able to change the locks, legally, without getting a court order.
- Banning orders – a new rogue landlords database will come into force later on in the year. Get on this list and you will not be able to work as a Landlord. There will be no excuse for not knowing the rules. Ignorance of the law is never a defence.
If you want to find out more about what is around the corner or discuss any of the issues I have highlighted above, why not come to our next Rental Issues Clinic which is free to anyone with a question about Rental and Investment. See last week’s Blog from the Dogs for details, or call us on 01480 494939.