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From 1st July there will be changes to Right to Rent Checks in England. These changes come as a result of Brexit, which has ended free movement between the UK and the EU. Previously EU, EEA & Swiss nationals only had to provide evidence of their nationality to gain an automatic right to rent in the UK, however now that the UK has left the EU, this automatic right has been abolished. On 1st January 2021, a grace period of six months began which allowed EU, EEA, Swiss citizens and their family members to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. This period ended on 30th June 2021 and from then, all EEA & Swiss nationals need to provide evidence of their UK immigration status, rather than just their national identification, to be allowed the right to rent in the UK.

Launched as part of the UK Government’s 2021 Spring Budget, the mortgage guarantee scheme aims to help people either get onto, or move-up, the property ladder, allowing credit-worthy households to secure a mortgage with only a 5% deposit.

On 4th May the new Debt Respite Scheme, otherwise known as ‘breathing’ space will come into force, which is designed to ease the financial pressure of those hurt by the Covid-19 pandemic. The scheme will provide temporary legal protection to those in debt from their creditors, allowing them time and space to find a solution to their financial troubles, hence the name ‘breathing space’. This, in turn, will affect how landlords and letting agents can pursue tenants in rent arrears.

 

Every unit of land and property in the UK is allocated a Unique Property Reference Number (UPRN) and geographical coordinates to ensure there is a genuine record for each address. The UPRN’s act like a car number plate – effectively linking many different records, such as MOT, insurance, road tax and logbook, together in one place to easily identify everything you would need to know about that car. Using this for property means information can be linked between different databases that are relevant to that one property. However currently, not many agencies use the UPRN, so information is still stored separately, and it is more difficult to access all the data accurately and efficiently.

The Electrical Safety Standards in The Private Rented Sector 2020 (England) Regulations came into force for all new tenancies from 1st July 2020. The regulations mandated that landlords had to ensure that all fixed electrical installations are safe, fit for purpose, and maintained correctly. From 1st April 2021, these rules also apply to all existing residential tenancies, so for any landlords that don’t yet have your checks in place, you need to get these booked in ASAP!

 

 

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