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  • Fire Safety Act (England)

    16/05/2022
    The government have released The Fire Safety Act 2021 (Commencement) (England) Regulations 2022 which come into force on 16 May 2022.
    This means any property that contains two or more domestic properties must have a risk assessment completed on the structure and exterior walls, including doors, windows and balconies. 
    Please see here for Fire Safety Act 2021 (this made the regulations) and here for The Fire Safety Act 2021 (Commencement) (England) Regulations 2022 that brings them into force

  • New Smoke Alarm Regulations

    17/05/2022
    Draft regulations for The smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (Amendments) Regulations 2022 for England have been released. From 01 October 2022 a landlord will need to ensure that during any period of a tenancy a smoke alarm is on every floor and a carbon monoxide alarm is installed which contains a fixed combustion appliance (excluding a gas cooker).
    If at anytime during the tenancy it is reported one of the alarms is not in proper working order the landlord is required to investigate this and if the alarm is not in proper working order they must repair or replace the alarm
    Please see here for the draft regulations

    08/04/22
    DLUHC have announced that the new regulations on smoke and carbon monoxide alarms will be introduced in the Autumn 2022 (obviously subject to unforeseen war and pandemics!)

    These new regulations, for England only, will require carbon monoxide alarms in any room with a fuel burning appliance (not just solid fuel as now), apart from a cooker. It will also require landlords to repair or replace alarms if they stop working.

    We have been lobbying to get more flexibility in the checking of alarms, rather than only on the day of move in. It won't affect safety but will make it easier and cheaper to comply.

    Not relevant to the PRS but the regs are being extended to the social housing sector. The relevance is that there could be quite a lot of demand for alarms in the next few months so planning to get ahead on this would be a wise move, don't leave it till the last minute.

  • Right to Rent

    20/04/22        
    The Home Office have updated the Right to Rent Checks: A guide to immigration documents for tenants and landlords, which confirms Landlords can no longer accept or check a physical BRP,BRC or FWP as valid proof of right to rent, even if it shows alater expiry date. It has also updated which documents are acceptable.
    Please see here for the latest guidance

    13/04/22

    Further guidance has been released which confirms what documents are acceptable for Ukrainian refuges for them to qualify for the right to rent checks
    Please see here for the guidance

    16/03/22
    The landlord guide for Right to rent has been slightly updated

    Points of note in this updated guidance include:

    changes in the way Biometric Residence Card, Biometric Residence Permit (BRC/BRPs) and Frontier Worker Permit (FWPs) holders prove their right to rent in England changes to the lists of acceptable documents (Annex A):


      • amendments to List A, Group 1 and List B to remove documents issued by the Home Office to a family member of an EEA or Swiss citizen, which indicated that the holder had permission to stay in the United Kingdom

      • amendments to List A, Group 1, and List B to remove Biometric Immigration Documents (Biometric Residence Permit) issued by the Home Office

      • amendment to List B to remove frontier worker permits issued under regulation 8 of the Citizens' Rights (Frontier Workers) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020

      • addition to Article 4 of the 2014 Order if a Certificate of Application (CoA0 digital or non-digital confirming a valid application to the EUSS on or after 1 July 2021 together with a Positive Right to Rent Notice (PRRN) from the Landlords Checking Service (LCS)

      • amendment Article 4 of the 2014 Order to include an application for leave to enter or remain under Appendix EU to the Isle of Man Immigration Rules and removal of reference to applications submitted on or before 30 June 2021

      • changes and further guidance to enable employers to use Identity Service Providers (IDSPs) to carry out digital identity verification as part of a right to work check (Annex D)

      • extension to the COVID-19 temporary adjusted right to work checks until 30 September 2022 (Annex E)


      • Please see the here for the draft guidance that will commence on 6 April 2022

    It would be easy to miss it but in the midst of the announcement of the national lockdown the Right to Rent rules have been updated. A helpful Home office factsheet outlining the changes can be found here. It is largely dealing with a new online checking service (not to be confused with the temporary remote checking during Covid-19). For a limited number of applicants (those with specific biometric documentation or part of the EU settlement Scheme) they will be able to use an online version of that information to allow a landlord or agent to check, online, and not have to see the physical document. This mirrors one introduced last year for employers, who have similar "right to work" checks to carry out. Though a really good idea the limitation will be that few people have the right documentation to qualify. they have also made it slightly easier for UK national to prove their status by allowing the sort form of birth or adoption certificate, previously it was only the long form. Further information can be found here

    Whilst not an actual change in the rules, the guidance has been updates to reflect the rules brought in last year for the B5JSSK countries not needing a visa on entry. the guidance also stresses the need not to be discriminatory, probably following the legal challenge they successfully defended.

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