Landlords property could be consficated

Published on Thu, 19th Apr 2018 07:49

The Government are proposing even more laws for landlords and current ones reviewed.

A report has been issued today (April 19th) by the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee, which over recent months has held a series of meetings to hear evidence regarding the PRS.

Their report calls for:-

  • more leadership by poorly performing councils to maintain standards.

    The report states  “It is clearly the case that some local authorities have placed a higher priority on addre

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Update from the Information Commissioners Office

Published on Thu, 12th Apr 2018 13:32

From the regular update from the ICO:-

Updates to the Guide to the GDPR

We have made further updates to our Guide to the GDPR. As well as detailed guidance on legitimate interests, we have also expanded the pages on Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIAs), data protection officers, the right to be informed, the right to erasure, the right to rectification and the right to restrict processing.

Guide to Law Enforcement Processing

Our Guide to Law Enforcement Processing has been published an

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GDPR Compliance

Published on Fri, 6th Apr 2018 21:30

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) comes into force on May 25th 2018.

If you hold information about anyone on a computer, and they can be recognised from that data you will need to:-

  • Register with the Information Commissioner’s Office.  It is very quick and easy and cost £40 per annum.  If you are not sure if you need to register you can take a self-assessment.

  • You will need to prepare a Privacy Notice to issue to all new and existing tenants.  iHowz members can see a Priv

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We've been warning you for some time

Published on Fri, 6th Apr 2018 20:43

The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) came into force April 1st.

For more details see here, and here but in essence is that if you have a property with an energy rating of ‘F’ or ‘G’ it will not be possible to issue a new AST; note that this also covers any AST going from a Fixed Term to Statutory Periodic, often called a ‘Rolling Tenancy’.

It is possible to get exemptions, Landlords will be able to claim an exemption if:-

  • All cost-effective energy efficiency improvements, either

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Latest news from HMRC

Published on Wed, 4th Apr 2018 09:30

We've just recieved the latest help from the HMRC:-

HMRC’s online course, 'Letting out property' provides guidance on property lettings which you can refer to at any time. It explains the changes which introduced cash basis for landlords, the use of the mileage rate method for claiming motoring expenses and provides information on income tax relief on residential finance costs. It also explains how Capital Gains Tax affects you.

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