Yesterday I published Ben’s Friday Newsround – but as the more perspicacious of you may have noticed – yesterday was Thursday, not Friday.
I was not aware of this until about 10.30 am. For some reason, I genuinely believed it was Friday – until the penny dropped while I was talking to Graeme. But by then Ben’s post had been published.
However, Ben’s post contained less news than usual as he got carried away with stories about Iceland. So I thought that I would step in today and report on two new important new Acts which have just become law.
The Housing and Planning Act 2016
This became law on 13 May and is reported on the gov.uk site here.
Among other things it
- Continues the dismantlement of our social housing system by extending the right to buy
- Introduces new enforcement measures against rogue landlords (and crucially, allows Councils to keep the costs to fund enforcement work)
- Introduces banning orders
- Allows Councils to access data held by the deposit schemes,
- Allows the government to impose client money protection (see the article here on Nearly Legal) and
- Gives a process for landlords to recover abandoned properties
You can see it online here.
So far as our social housing system is concerned, this act is a disaster. However so far as the private sector is concerned, it is generally quite good (unless of course you are a rogue landlord).
The Immigration Act 2016
This became law at around the same time and ramps up the government’s rules to prevent illegal immigrants from renting property in England.
You can read about some of the other things it does here but here we are mainly concerned with how it affects landlords.
In a nutshell, it will impose greater penalties and introduces ways to recover possession of properties occupied by people who do not have a right to rent without having to get a court order first.
You will find an excellent guide from David Smith on Property Industry Eye
You can see the act online here.
These acts are ‘enabling’ acts and so far as I am aware are not actually in force yet. We will be writing further here when more is known about them.
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