Right To Rent Checks - Temporary Measures

Right To Rent Checks - Temporary Measures

Government has made temporary changes to ensure that Right to Rent checks will continue in line with the Code of Practice, stressing that it remains an offence to knowingly lease a property to a person who is not lawfully in the uk.

These changes include:

Checks carried out by video call; Send scanned or photos of documents; Use the online Landlord's Checking Service if a tenant cannot provide documents.

For a full list of the temporary changes, click on the link below:

https://www.arla.co.uk/news/march-2020/temporary-measures-for-right-to-rent-checks/

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Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES)

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES)

We are reminding Landlords that the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) comes into force today (1st April 2020).

The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England & Wales) Regulations 2015 established the MEES which set a minimum energy efficiency level for all private rented properties in England & Wales.  Properties that have an EPC rating of F or G, landlords must take appropriate steps to improve the rating to E or register for an exemption if they want to continue to let it.

To see the full report and a list of exemptions, click on the link below!

https://www.arla.co.uk/news/march-2020/mees-changes-for-england-and-wales/  

 

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Urgent Update Regarding Agents

Urgent Update Regarding Agents

A spokesperson from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has today confirmed that agents are not "essential businesses" under the new rules and therefore their view is that agents should close their offices immediately.

Furthermore, they stated that there should not be any in-person viewings, routine inspections or house moves.

MHCLG is still looking into property maintenance tasks such as gas safety checks and hopes to issue guidance on these points as soon as possible.

In a further development, British Association of Removers (BAR) has issued communications this morning instructing members that moves should only be completed if they are already underway, any move that has not yet started, should not go ahead.

Propertymark will keep members up do date later today and as any further information becomes available.

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Keeping You Safe COVID-19

Keeping You Safe COVID-19

As the Coronavirus pandemic evolves we are reacting as best we can to ensure that we keep our services running as close as possible to maximum for as long as we can. So, for the moment, it is business as usual with the added commitment to ensure the safety of all our clients, tenants, customers and team.

If the office is advised to close, please note you can still use our office telephone number and all messages will be forwarded to Els and Ali via email.  They will also be contactable on their mobiles and email. 

We would like to assure you that the welfare of our landlords, tenants and employees is of paramount importance and we are closely following Public Health guidelines in order to minimise any potential risk.

In the mean time, please stay safe and take care of yourselves.

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Hampstead Summer Festival 2020 - Cancelled

Hampstead Summer Festival 2020 - Cancelled

The world is in an unprecedented situation with the global pandemic of COVID-19 and public health is everyone’s priority right now, so as a precautionary measure against the ongoing risk, we have taken the decision to cancel this years festival! Rest-assured we will be back next year!  

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Hampstead Summer Festival Art Fair

Hampstead Summer Festival Art Fair

The Hampstead Summer Festival Art Fair returns to Whitestone Pond on Sunday 23 June

For centuries Hampstead has been home and inspiration to many practicing artists and art has always played an important role in the Hampstead Summer Festival. 

This year, the HSF Art Fair – in association with Hampstead School of Art - is back on Sunday, 23 June at Whitestone Pond and will be officially opened at 12 noon. Watch this space for information about our celebrity opener!

We’re passionate about giving everyone the opportunity to learn about, experience, and enjoy art.

Art to see, art to buy, demonstrations, workshops and children’s activities, it attracts serious buyers, those looking to start a collection, and those prepared to get their hands dirty and unleash the inner artist – all to the backdrop of live music and entertainment. Plus fine wine, artisan food and handmade produce from local suppliers. 

Festival goers are invited to paint on the giant community canvas and Hampstead School of Art tutors work live demonstrating techniques such as Chinese Brush Painting, Silk Painting, Printmaking, Mosaics, Fabric Painting and Portraiture.  Children will be invited to take part in their own special Activity event.

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Tenant Fees Ban - What You Need To Know

Tenant Fees Ban - What You Need To Know

The Tenant Fees Act 2019 came into force on 1 June which will ban all fees charged to Tenants and will cap security and holding deposits, amongst other changes.   The aim of the Act is to make renting more affordable and transparent for tenants, which will affect what can and cannot be charged.

Notable points:

For tenancies where the annual rent is less that £50,000 per annum, the Security Deposit will be capped at 5 weeks rent, 6 weeks rent for where the annual rent is £50,000 or more.

The Holding Deposit for a tenant to reserve a property will not exceed 1 weeks rent and a 'deadline for Agreement' will be set at 15 calendar days.

The cost of Referencing will now be passed on to the landlord.

Rent that is in arrears by more than 14 days will be charged at 3% above the Bank of England Base Rate.

Permitted charges include lost keys or other security devices; variation of contract; change of sharer; early termination.

For the full government guidance, click on the link below.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/tenant-fees-act-2019-guidance

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