EPC Update September 2020

By RRPaiceCo

The Government are intending to change Energy Reports in several ways from 20 September 2020.  Format The biggest change is that Energy Reports (including domestic, commercial, new build EPC’s, DEC’s and air conditioning reports) will no longer be created and provided as PDF’s but will instead be URL’s (or links) to the EPC page on…

Reforms to Planning System “to get the Country building”

By RRPaiceCo

The Housing Secretary has announced an overhaul of the Country’s outdated planning system, designed to deliver the high quality, sustainable homes the community needs. The changes will transform a system that has long been criticized for being too sluggish in providing housing for families, key workers and young people. As well as being ineffectual in…

Green Homes Grant to be tied to TrustMark Scheme

By RRPaiceCo

Under the Green Homes Grant Scheme, homeowners in England will be able to apply for vouchers worth up to two thirds of the cost of hiring tradespeople to improve the energy efficiency of their home. The maximum contribution will be £5000, or for those on lower incomes a 100% grant up to £10,000 will be…

New Planning Regulations

By RRPaiceCo

On 21 July 2020 the Government issued new Regulations making sweeping changes to the Town & Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987. This is considered by some to be the biggest alteration to Town Centre planning in more than 25 years. The primary focus of the overhaul of the Use Classes Order is to allow…

New Electrical Safety Standards for Landlords

By RRPaiceCo

From 1 June under the new Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020, Landlords in England are required to have the electrical installations in their residential properties inspected and tested at least every five years by a person who is qualified and competent. This applies in England to new specified tenancies…

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…