Tamlyns are warning of the strict legislation for private landlords in the UK, after a 2016 case involving two Sheffield landlords came to a climax last month, with fairly weighty prison sentences for the pair.
A report published in Landlord Today told how Mark Cashin was sentenced to 18 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, for a number of property offences, including the harassment and subsequent illegal eviction of a man living in a property they own near Sheffield, in January 2016.
From 1st April 2018 there will be a requirement for all new tenancies in England to hold a minimum performance energy rating of E, and from 1st April 2020 for existing tenancies. This means it will be soon be illegal to let out a property has a rating of F or G (as shown on a valid Energy Performance Certificate for the property). The fines for breaches are steep, so make sure you don’t get caught out.
With so many letting agents on the high street (and online) these days, how can you distinguish the ones that will best serve your needs and offer you the best value for money? Using an agent who is ARLA-qualified is a good place to start. Being a member of ARLA means your agent has undergone a gruelling examination process on the latest industry legislation and now follows a strict Code of Practice and the Rules of Conduct set out by the association. Annual CPD is required in order for members to retain their membership and ensure they’re always up-to-date on any law changes in the industry.