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Urban.co.uk in the press

Posted by: Adam Male on 1 February 2016
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It's been a busy month for the Urban.co.uk team!

As well as nationwide sales and lettings, and planning for the new Right to Rent legislation, we've also been working with some of the UK's biggest trade and consumer publications, helping spread the word about the biggest legal requirement to hit the private lettings market in 2016!

You can read some of our January coverage here:

Landlordtoday.co.uk 

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Homesgofast.com


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  Independent on Sunday

 

Landlordtoday.com


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Property Wire


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Rent Man


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  Sunday Express


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 Landlord Buy to Let 

 

 Whathouse.co.uk

 

   

New version of the How to Rent booklet released

Posted by: Adam Male on 1 February 2016
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A new version of the How to Rent booklet has been released. 

As a landlord, issuing a copy of the booklet to new tenants is a legal requirement, and it is important that you issue the correct edition of the publication. 

The correct booklet can be downloaded here.

 

 

 

Ask Adrian Vlog: Can I ask my agent to handle the Right to Rent checks for me?

Posted by: Adam Male on 29 January 2016
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Adrian McClinton, of Rix and Kay Solicitors explains exactly how you can manage the new Right to Rent legislation.

 

For more information, contact the Urban.co.uk Right to Rent team on righttorent@urban.co.uk or 0800 689 9955

 

Prison sentences proposed for non-compliance with Right to Rent legislation

Posted by: Adam Male on 29 January 2016
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With the Immigration Act 2016 currently progressing through Parliament, proposals are in place to increase the penalties on landlords who fail to properly carry out Right to Rent checks.

The Act - which has just undergone its second reading at the House of Lords, and is due to go to the Committee stage on Monday - calls for heavier penalties for landlords who fail to comply with the new legislation, and proposes imprisonment of up to five years and an increased fine.

The new act also features a section which would allow landlords to evict tenants on the basis of immigration status, which raises concerns that it may cause discrimination amongst the private lettings industry.

The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) carried out a study on the results of the pilot scheme in the Midlands, and founds that 42% of landlords surveyed would be unlikely to rent to someone without a British passport, and 25% of landlords would be less likely to rent to someone with a foreign name or accent.

Despite guidelines issued by the Home Office on what documents to check, our Landlord Knowledge Survey found that 50% of landlords were unsure about Right to Rent, and many were unaware of how to safely proceed with the checks. With a hefty prison sentence potentially at stake in the future, and a £3,000 fine a concern as from tomorrow (February 1st), this is not a legislation anyone can afford to avoid.

 

If you are concerned about how this affects you, give the team at Urban.co.uk a call on 0800 689 9955, or email us on righttorent@urban.co.uk .

Prison sentences proposed for non-compliance with Right to Rent legislation

Posted by: Adam Male on 29 January 2016
Comments: 0

With the Immigration Act 2016 currently progressing through Parliament, proposals are in place to increase the penalties on landlords who fail to properly carry out Right to Rent checks.

The Act - which has just undergone its second reading at the House of Lords, and is due to go to the Committee stage on Monday - calls for heavier penalties for landlords who fail to comply with the new legislation, and proposes imprisonment of up to five years and an increased fine.

The new act also features a section which would allow landlords to evict tenants on the basis of immigration status, which raises concerns that it may cause discrimination amongst the private lettings industry.

The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) carried out a study on the results of the pilot scheme in the Midlands, and founds that 42% of landlords surveyed would be unlikely to rent to someone without a British passport, and 25% of landlords would be less likely to rent to someone with a foreign name or accent.

Despite guidelines issued by the Home Office on what documents to check, our Landlord Knowledge Survey found that 50% of landlords were unsure about Right to Rent, and many were unaware of how to safely proceed with the checks. With a hefty prison sentence potentially at stake in the future, and a £3,000 fine a concern as from tomorrow (February 1st), this is not a legislation anyone can afford to avoid.

 

If you are concerned about how this affects you, give the team at Urban.co.uk a call on 0800 689 9955, or email us on righttorent@urban.co.uk .