2021 Legislation Changes Landlords Must Be Aware Of
While being a landlord is rewarding, it is also challenging. There is a lot of work involved with the role, and many landlords underestimate the administrative and paperwork side of the role.
If you don’t keep up to date with legislation, you run the risk of significant fines and losing the ability to let property. However, staying in touch with legislation is almost a full-time job!
Thankfully, help is available. At Brentwood Lettings, we are pleased to say we offer a wide range of property management services. If you want to stay fully informed about the letting industry, rely on us, and we will ensure you make informed decisions.
Shorter time-frame notice periods
As of 1st June 2021, any notice period which is currently set at six months will reduce to four months. However, the following notice periods, which are in effect for more serious matters, have a shorter time-frame. Therefore, it is important landlords familiarise themselves with the following notice periods:
- Ground 7 - Death of a Tenant (2 months’ notice)
- Ground 7B - Breach of Immigration rules ‘Right to Rent’ (2 weeks’ notice)
- Ground 8 - Over 4 months’ accumulated rent arrears (4 weeks’ notice)
- Ground 14 - Anti-Social Behaviour (immediate to 4 weeks’ notice)
- Ground 14A - Domestic Abuse in the social sector (2 to 4 weeks’ notice)
- Ground 17 - False Statement (2 to 4 weeks’ notice)
In any case where there is a minimum of four months’ unpaid rent, the notice period will change to two months’ notice, and this comes into effect from 1st August 2021. It is also expected that notice periods will return to their pre-pandemic levels as of 1st October 2021, although this will depend on the latest public health advice at the time.
Breathing Space is now in effect
As of 4th May 2021, the Breathing Space scheme is now in place. Landlords are advised to familiarise themselves with this scheme, as it might impact their ability to collect rent.
A tenant in rent arrears can apply for a standard Breathing Space, which will provide them with protection for up to 60 days. If the tenant applies for a Mental Health Crisis Breathing Space, available for people receiving mental health treatment, they are protected for 30 days.
Changes To Model Tenancy Agreement – focus on pets
The Government has changed the Model Tenancy Agreement, but landlords should be aware that as of yet, there have been no legal changes.
Propertymark has offered guidance to landlords:
“Use of the New Model Tenancy Agreement is voluntary and there has been no change in the law regarding the keeping of pets. Therefore, members can continue to use Propertymark's tenancy agreements. There is a clause that covers animals and pets.”
“Since the Tenant Fees Act 2019 came into force on 1 June 2019 landlords and letting agents in England are only able to take a tenancy deposit of up to five weeks rent for the duration of the tenancy. Rent can be increased to replace a Pet Premium on the Tenancy Deposit as long as it is advertised correctly.”
We know it is a challenging task to stay in touch with legislation and regulation, but this is why we are more than happy to assist you.
Brentwood Lettings can call on more than 19 years’ worth of experience in the Moston and surrounding areas letting sector. We are a non-franchise and independent lettings and property management agency in Manchester, and we are here to serve you. To arrange an appointment, a rental property valuation or to discuss your options, give us a call on 0161 681 3724.