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As we all know, the rules around energy performance certificates (EPC) came into force last year in England and Wales.  However, there has been continued confusion surrounding certain exemptions. To clarify, there are seven areas of exemption for private rental properties under the Minimum Energy Efficiency Regulations;
Sections 122 and 123 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 (electrical safety standards) came into force on 25 October 2019. This means we are one step closer to the introduction of mandatory electrical safety checks in the private rented sector in England and should see actual regulations very soon.  
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) have updated their guidance on consumer protection law for letting professionals.  Of particular interest is the detail covering contractual terms that affect benefit recipients. The guidance confirms that if a buy-to-let mortgage, lease or other contract includes a clause preventing the landlord from letting to people claiming benefits, this constitutes material information.  Therefore, this should be included in the property advert and should be brought to the attention of any potential tenants. Misleading advertising
As the three main political party conferences have drawn to a close, it’s clear the subject of housing policy was low on the agenda for all.  With no real shock announcements to dominate the headlines, the main topics discussed had all been anticipated in advance.  Read on for a short summary of the key points made by each party. Liberal Democrat Party - Scrapping Section 21

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