Changes to Right to Rent

Legislative changes to the Right to Rent Scheme come into force on 2 November. The Code of practice on right to rent: civil penalty scheme for landlords and their agents has been updated. The legislative changes enable landlords and letting agents to use a new Home Office online checking service, available from 25 November, to undertake right […]

Latest updates for the PRS

This week, we have had confirmation that estate and lettings agency offices can stay open during national restrictions in England. Government have also made further announcements on evictions, and the extension of the furlough scheme. Please see the latest updates below: Evictions Evictions will not be enforced whilst national restrictions are in place, except for […]

Property Licence Checker launches in London

The Mayor of London has today launched his Property Licence Checker, which will help private renters in London to establish whether their landlord is required to hold a licence to let our their property. Responding to the news, safeagent’s Chief Executive, Isobel Thomson, said: “A simple mechanism for landlords, agents and tenants to understand and negotiate […]

safeagent calls for financial support for landlords

As the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) issues its updated coronavirus guidance ‘Mortgages and Coronavirus: Payment Deferral Guidance’, safeagent asks if mortgage deferral is the answer for buy-to-let landlords, or if now it’s time for government grants to support landlords? The FCA guidance says: Firms should allow customers to extend ongoing payment deferrals after 31 March […]

Second lockdown – what does it mean for housing?

A second ‘lockdown’ with national restrictions for England comes into force this Thursday 5 November. Government have confirmed that the housing market in England will stay open. Read the National Restrictions (as of  Thursday 5 November) What it means Renters & homeowners will be able to move Removal firms and estate and lettings agents can […]