New legislation changes are being made all the time to try and catch out rogue landlords and to make renting properties more affordable and fair for everyone.  
Gas Safety 
Landlords will be able to make compulsory checks any time within the two months leading up to the renewal date, whilst still being able to retain the existing date for the following year. 
General Data Protection Regulations will came into place on Friday 25th May 2018 replacing the 1998 Data Protection Act. 
Extensions of Section 21 
A few changes were made to Section 21 tenancies when the Deregulation Act was implemented. This applied to all tenancies or renewals that started on or after 1st October 2015. The changes will now impact all tenancies and will mean that all landlords will legally be required to supply their tenants with the ‘prescribed documents’ before the start of the tenancy. Prescribed documents are; tenancy deposit information, a copy of the property EPC certificate, a valid gas certificate and a copy of the ‘How to Rent guide. 
Banning Orders 
The new Banning Orders, introduced on 6th April 2018, means that individuals convicted specific offences will be banned from renting out properties for a minimum of a year. 
Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards 
As of 1st April 2018, properties rented in the private sector will have to meet a minimum of an E on an EPC certificate. From 1st April 2020 this will extend to all existing tenancies. 
HMO Room Size Regulations 
As of October, a national minimum room size will be introduced for all licensed HMOs and councils will be able to apply national minimum standards or set even tougher local requirements. 
Extension of Mandatory HMO Licensing 
The extension of mandatory HMO licensing is due to come into force from 1st October 2018. It will mean that all flats and properties under 3 stories will be subject to licensing. 
If you're already a landlord, or you're thinking of renting your property and are worried about how legislation changes may affect you, give us a call on 01604 644 449 or email us at 
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