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LETTINGS NEWS: How letting agents can help landlords handle raft of new rental rules

22/02/17

Many landlords are baffled by the complex and changing laws and regulations that govern the letting of flats and houses, new research suggests.

A survey of almost 4,000 landlords by a lettings organisation reveals that

  • almost three quarters of landlords are not aware of all aspects of the mandatory immigration checks that must be conducted on new tenants (called Right To Rent);
  • over a third are unsure about when and how they can visit a property they own when it has a tenant;
  • one landlord in five was uncertain of existing regulations regarding energy efficiency, and about changes to these rules coming into effect from next year;
  • and only a third of landlords met the legal requirement for testing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their rental properties.“It’s not easy being a landlord. There’s a rising tide of laws and regulations surrounding every aspect from vetting tenants and handling deposits, to health and safety checks and resolving disputes over repairs” says Ian Garcia of East of Exe.“Professional letting agents make it their business to keep up to date on these changes – it makes sense for landlords to use them” he adds.

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