Regulation changes affecting landlords

Recent regulation changes that will impact landlords today

There are a number of pieces of legislation that have either come into effect recently, or may do so shortly. Even if you use a reputable agent to let and manage your property (one that is a member of ARLA Propertymark, UKALA or RICS), it's important for you, as a landlord, to know about these changes to the law so you can check your agent is taking the necessary steps to comply and you are prepared for any potential increases to your costs.

Follow our useful guide to landlord legislation

Click the specific piece of legislation to find out more, and the steps you need to take to avoid penalties.

If you self-manage your buy to lets, then it's vital you have a way of staying up to date with impending and proposed changes. You can do that by joining an organisation such as the Residential Landlords Association or National Landlords Association which both give their members regular updates and have a helpline for any queries. To make sure you're always compliant with any licensing requirements or other regulations imposed at a local authority level, it's also advisable to join a local landlords' association or group, which may even be run by the local authority.

It's also important for landlords to note that, as legal changes take effect in England, the government's 'How to Rent' guide is updated accordingly and this is not necessarily publicised. To make sure you are always issuing your tenants with the current version, download it from the government website on the day you give it to them.

Kate Faulkner is one of the leading, independent property experts in the UK and regularly features in major newspapers; on BBC, ITV and regularly co-hosts the Property Show on LBC.

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Last Updated: 19 Feb 2020