The Government has launched an online checker in the bid to avoid disputes between landlords and tenants over the time for repairs. The government says it aims to help both sides of the issue understand their rights and responsibilities, identifying appropriate next step when trying to resolve issues before their problems escalate.
At a key stage of the checker, it tells anyone that has submitted they have stopped paying their rent “You should continue to pay your rent even if your landlord has not carried out repairs otherwise you may be at risk of evictions.” Click here for details.
Right to Rent Scheme
There has been some minor amendments to the code of practise and the right to rent scheme from the Government from the 6th July 2021.
The changes are as follows;
Confirm when a tenancy is considered as being entered into for the purpose of the right to rent check.
Update acceptable list A, Group 1, to confirm documents 7 and 8 can be either current or expired.
They have also updated the “landlord’s guide to rent” checks to provide guidance on;
Changes to student tenancy agreements.
Right to rent checks for individuals granted status under the EU Settlement Schemes of the Crown Dependences. (Bailiwick of Jersey, Bailiwick of Guernsey and the Isle of Man) or who have an outstanding application made by the 30th June to the Bailiwick of Jersey or Bailiwick of Guernsey or EUSS. Right to rent checks for the individual who have an outstanding application to the UK EU Settlement Scheme, made by the 30th June.
The updated code of practice and guidance are available on GOV.UK at:
A factsheet and Q&A document detailing the legislative changes can be found on GOV.UK at: