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ARLA comments on legislation coming into force affecting the Private Rental Sector

30th September 2015

David Cox, managing director, Association of Residential Letting Agents, comments on legislation coming into force affecting the Private Rental Sector: “As of Thursday 1st October, it will be compulsory for landlords to have fitted smoke alarms on every floor of their property where there is a room used wholly or partly as living accommodation. They will also be required to put a carbon monoxide alarm in any room where solid fuel is burnt.

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City wide landscaping scheme for landlords

7th September 2015

Licensing affects not just myself and landlords in Liverpool, but others across the country as more and more local authorities will adopt such schemes, once they realise how much money can be generated from it! Licensing was implemented in Liverpool on 1st April 2015. From the landlord’s perspective, that means every rental property within the boundaries of Liverpool City Council must have a licence, the cost of which is £400 per property, a big dent in cash flow even for someone with a small portfolio. If you have a block of, say, five flats, then you have to get a licence for each flat, amounting to £2,000 for a licence for one single building.

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All landlords proposed to check tenants Rights to rent under new Immigration rules

4th September 2015

In December 2014, the government launched a pilot scheme in the Midlands and Birmingham areas making landlords responsible to check that any tenants moving into a property or living in a property of theirs had a legal right to rent a property in the UK under Immigration Act 2014. In august 2015, an announcement was made that this scheme would be rolled out nationally and apply to every landlord in the country.

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