Complying with changing rules
We are working hard to amend our processes in order to stay up-to-date with temporary changes being brought in.
Non-essential House Moves
From 24th March 2020 all non-essential movement of people was restricted in the UK. The government urged house buyers and renters to, where possible, delay moving to a new house while these measures are in place. Where it has not been possible to delay moves for some tenants, we have assisted whilst carefully observing social distancing measures.
Following the introduction of the new Coronavirus Act 2020, landlords will have to give all tenants three months' notice to seek possession, up from two months. We have already updated our systems, including amending the Form 6a to reflect this new legislation which has come into force and should be used by landlords in England up to 30 September 2020.
Right to Rent
On 30th March 2020 guidance was provided on Right to Rent checks. The checks have been adapted to make it easier for landlords and agents to carry them out during the coronavirus pandemic. Whilst the checks continue to be necessary, these temporary changes mean that the tenant can send a scanned copy or photo of their original documents then then landlords and agents will be allowed to make checks via video call rather than seeing the original documents.
Once the temporary changes end, landlords and agents will need to carry out full checks on existing tenants who rented a property during the pandemic as well as those who required a follow-up check during this period.
We continue to update our procedures in line with government guidance in order to ensure our landlords remain compliant in these changing times.
Posted 31st March 2020