Cladding Liability Update

By RRPaiceCo

Cladding Liability Update – Grenfell Enquiry (phase 1) Evidence from the first phase of the Grenfell Enquiry which ended in December has confirmed how quickly combustible cladding contributed to the spread of the fire. The external cladding was alight within 11 minutes of the kitchen fire starting after the fire breached the pvc-u window fittings…

Residential Letting Fees

By RRPaiceCo

On the 12 February 2019 the Tenants Fees Act 2019 obtained royal assent. This Bill comes into force on the 1 June 2019 and bans various fees that are often charged to tenants when taking on a rental agreement. Fees that will no longer be payable include reference checks, key collection, late reminders, inventories and…

Planning Changes for 2019

By RRPaiceCo

The Government is to introduce consultation paper, planning reform to support the High Street and increase the delivery of new homes as outlined in the last budget. Measures proposed includes the following: New permitted development rights for upward extensions to provide dwellings above a range of commercial premises and residential properties subject to approval and…

Ground Rents & Agents

By RRPaiceCo

The problems of escalating ground rents and letting agents fees have been in the news recently and there is to be a housing white paper which promises reforms to improve consumer choice and fairness in leasehold. It has now been announced that the sale of houses on long leases will be banned and ground rents…

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

By RRPaiceCo

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) legislation Matters relating to this legislation will come into force on the 1 April 2018. From this date it is illegal for a Landlord to grant a new letting of a commercial property that has an energy performance certificate (EPC) with an F or G rating. It will therefore be…