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Rental market update for landlords in Beaconsfield

Rental Update for June 2021

Right to Rent checks legislation from 1st July

From 1st July, your tenants will need to prove they have the right to rent in the UK due to the fact we are no longer part of the EU. You will not be able to grant a tenancy to anyone who cannot prove they have the right to be here. You also need to make sure that you cannot be accused of discrimination.

If you fail to check your tenants R2R you could be sent to prison for 5 years or get an unlimited fine for renting a property in England to someone who you knew or had ‘reasonable cause to believe’ did not have the right to rent in the UK.

You can download the Government PDF document here.

Non-EU citizens can provide a SHARE CODE in order for landlords or letting agents to check their R2R status.  Tenants will have this option if:

  1. They have a biometric residence card or permit.
  2. They have settled or pre-settled status.
  3. They have applied for a visa and used the ‘UK Immigration: ID Check’ app to scan their identity document on their phone.

The ‘share code’ will be valid for 30 days from the point it has been issued and can be used as many times as needed within that time.

If your tenant does not have a share code you can still check their original documents:

Download our Right to Rent guide:

Download the Ashington Page Right to Rent Check Guide

ARLA Propertymark has confirmed that there is no requirement to carry out retrospective checks on EEA citizens who entered a tenancy before 30 June 2021. If the original check was undertaken in line with the guidance that applied when the check was made, the agent will maintain a continuous statutory excuse. Propertymark has repeatedly stated to the Home Office that freedom of movement has meant that agents will often have no searchable record of the nationality of existing tenants. A new check only needs to take place within 28 days prior to the start of any new tenancy.

Right to Rent COVID 19 adjusted checks extension

  • The government has extended the permitted virtual checking of right to rent in England until 31st August, to reflect the extension of lockdown restrictions.
  • Further, the government has also removed the requirement for letting agents and landlords to carry out retrospective checks on tenants for this period.
  • These checks are not required for existing tenancies or renewals.

The online service allows checks to be carried out by video call. Landlords and letting agents do not need to see physical documents as the right to rent information is provided in real-time directly from Home Office systems. The service works on the basis of the individual first viewing their own Home Office right to rent record.

You can read the Government guidance on the COVID restrictions here.

ARLA Propertymark

ARLA PROPERTYMARK AGENT IN BEACONSFIELD

Last month we wrote about the importance of using an ARLA Propertymark agent when you are looking to rent out a property or rent a property as a tenant.   We wish to congratulate our colleagues Jane Davis and Laura Foo, who are taking their Level 3 exams at the moment.  Jane had a 100% pass mark on her first exam, Laura was not far behind and has also now passed her 2nd exam – they have 4 exams to take in total covering the following:

  • Health and Safety, Security and General Law
    General concepts of the laws relevant to a property professional working in the rental sector. It deals with the historical development of the law as well as current legislation, relevant statute and common law.
  • Legal Aspects of Letting and Management
    This covers the law specific to the letting and management of residential property, including law and legislation regarding granting, administration, financial management and termination of the various types of residential tenancy agreements.
  • Residential Property Letting Practice
    How to carry out the letting of a residential property, including actions which must be taken when dealing with landlords & tenants, and the appropriate practices adopted for taking client’s instructions, finding tenants and preparing appropriate documentation.
  • Residential Property Management Practice
    The management aspect of residential property, including dealing with repairs & maintenance, appointing contractors and handling all of the problems associated with managing residential properties and end of tenancy duties.

With the looming regulations of property agents (ROPA) on the horizon, it is imperative that we get everyone in our office qualified to a Level 3 standard and that is amazing news for our clients who will have complete peace of mind in the advice they receive, not just from myself Claire Woodrow and Gareth Ashington, but from everyone in the team.

There is now a brand new ARLA Propertymark website with news, events and up to date information on regulation and campaigning.  Why not see for yourselves, by clicking here.

More Good News from Goodlord

 

Buy tenant illness and injury insurance Beaconsfield

Our tenancy platform, operated by Goodlord, has now joined forces with Legal & General in order to introduce injury and illness insurance for our tenants, to cover outstanding rent and bills if they fall sick (Covid included).  This is an interesting new service for those who may not have given any thought to this type of cover previously and you can read all about the new policy here.  Our Ashington Page tenants can now apply through tour Goodlord platform as part of their tenancy application process and from as little as £6 per month*, they can decide upon the level they wish to insure themselves – up to £2,000 per month.

*Eligibility and terms apply.  For more information please speak to a member of the lettings team.

If you have any questions regarding your rental property or general lettings information, please get in touch.

Claire Woodrow is the lettings manager at Ashington Page

Claire Woodrow, MARLA

Lettings Manager

  • 01494 685514
  • clairew@ashingtonpage.co.uk