But it’s not all bad news!
In May this year, Parliament approved the Housing and Planning Act 2016 which will bring in to force yet more new regulations for us landlords to get our heads round. But it really isn’t all bad news!
An easier repossession process
Before you get too excited, the new process will only apply to a very specific set of circumstances, namely if a tenant has abandoned the residential property you let to them. Until now of course, even when your property was abandoned by your tenant, you still have to get an order for possession from the court and then get the order properly enforced.
As always it’s not clear at this stage exactly how the regulations will work but it appears that if there is outstanding rent and the landlord has served a series of warning notices in accordance with the Act and the tenant has not responded, then the landlord will be able to bring the tenancy to an end without a court order.
It would appear that the tenant will still have the right to apply to the court to be reinstated within six months if they had a good reason for failing to respond to the warning notices, but nevertheless, the changes will bring a welcome ease of the burden on landlords trying to recover possession of their property. Watch this space to see how this area develops.
Tough new regulations
The Act will also bring into force new provisions for banning orders in respect of rogue landlords and letting agents, preventing them from letting or managing a property for at least 12 months, with serious penalties for breach.
Rogue landlords are thankfully a small minority who fail to meet their basic responsibilities and in some cases act in a way which is criminal. These rogue landlords often target vulnerable people, placing them in overcrowded or poor quality accommodation.
This is another area that is going to evolve and we’ll keep you updated as it does. But if you’d like more information about these areas, contact us here at EweMove.
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