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LETTINGS NEWS: New private rental measures spark controversy

12/01/16

New private rental regulations come into effect shortly and are sparking controversy.

 The Home Office says landlords should already be conducting Right To Rent checks on individuals whose new rental tenancies begin on or after February 1. The checks involve seeing documentation proving the right of the individual to reside in the UK.

Landlords seeking help can instruct letting agencies like East of Exe to conduct the checks on their behalf – but new laws insist that such an instruction must be made in writing.

Meanwhile a change to landlords’ mortgage interest tax relief, announced last year by the government, may be challenged in court. Two landlords have raised £50,000 to get legal guidance on whether the proposed change – which starts in 2017 – may be subject to a formal procedure called Judicial Review.

A change to how much landlords can claim each year for wear and tear on their property comes into effect this April.

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