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Under the skin of the letting market

Here we share news and views on both the local letting market in & around Oxfordshire and all planned and recent legislation.


Category Archives: Govt policy & legislation

Oxford Landlord Licensing Approved

As of 1st September all private rented homes in Oxford City will need a licence. The Government has approved Oxford City Council’s selective licensing scheme which is aimed at addressing poor conditions in privately rented property making up nearly half …
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Rental Reform White Paper not published until 2022

The eagerly awaited Rental Reform White Paper will now not be published until 2022, The Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has said. The Queen’s speech in May this year included a commitment by the Government’s for rental form …
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‘Enhancing the rights of those who rent’ – what could it mean for landlords?

The Queen’s Speech on 11th May included a commitment by the Government to “enhance the rights of those who rent.” Although not specifically mentioned, it is reasonable to assume that this refers to the Renters Reform Bill first introduced in …
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If you can’t beat them, don’t join the queue

The stamp duty holiday, introduced last year and currently due to end at the end of March, undoubtedly helped to fuel the sales market over the last seven months or so. However, as the deadline approaches and with the current …
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The Tenant Fees Act – transition period ending

The Tenant Fees Act came into effect in England on 1st June 2019. The law bans letting agents and landlords from charging tenants any letting fees other than rent, tenancy deposits, holding deposits and explicitly stated default charges. At the …
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Countdown to MEES: Will your property be lettable in April 2018?

The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) were introduced in March 2015 with the aim of improving the energy efficiency of privately rented properties. From 1st April 2018 all buildings in England or Wales will need to have a rating of …
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Autumn Budget Stamp Duty Changes: Published 22nd Nov 2017

On 22nd November it was announced that Stamp Duty is to be abolished for for all first-time buyers purchasing property of a value of £300,000 or less. If you are a first-time buyer, this guest post from Countrywide will help to clarify …
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