New white paper revealed by the Government that is going to turn the rental market upside down

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  • New white paper revealed by the Government that is going to turn the rental market upside down

The Government has decided under a potential new law to completely change the way that lettings will be dealt with.

Under the new system all private tenancies will be periodic in their style.

In real terms it will protect tenants more than it will landlords.

The changes will be implemented, which we will outline later, in two stages allowing for landlords, tenants and ourselves to prepare for the changes. Offering increased security.

Step 1:

Being the first implementation date will be any new tenancies which had previously been assured tenancies or assured shorthold will be governed by the new system. The sector will be given a minimum of 6 months advance notice for the first implementation.

Step 2:

The second-tier system being reforms for all the existing tenancies will mean that they will move to a new system after the second implementation date. This will take place 12 months after the first implementation date. After this point any previous agreed fixed terms will not apply.

Abolishing the section 21 eviction notice.

The use of Section 21 (end of tenancy) will be outlawed under the reform. This means that the tenancy will only end if the tenant ends it or if the landlord had a valid reason for possession. At the same time the grounds for current possession under the Section 8 being (when the tenant falls more than 8 weeks in arrears) will be strengthened so that landlords are confident when they need to manage their assets tenants will meet their obligations. Then they can access their property.

The Government will outline within the white paper the grounds in which landlords can claim their property back.

The changes.

The changes will be that all tenancies will be on a periodic system. Tenants will be required to give a minimum of two months’ notice. Landlords and tenants will not be able to agree notice periods longer than two months. If the landlords wish to have their property back under the new rules they must give the tenants two months’ notice in cases where evictions occur for reasons outside the tenants control. For example, if the landlord wishes to sell or where a property has been repossessed by a lender. Notice period will differ for other grounds such as rent arrears and anti-social behaviour.

There will still be legal documentation to serve on the tenants such an energy performance certificate, how to rent guides, gas safeties etc. Under new rules only deposit protection will have to be demonstrated where making a claim for a section 8.

In real terms a tenant will be able to give notice at any time during the tenancy of two months’ notice. Whether this is two days into the tenancy or 20 years. The landlord can only get their property back if they sell. This will be implemented in two stages.

Step 1:

The use of Section 21 will end the tenancy will be outlawed in two stages alongside of the introduction of periodic tenancies. From the first implantation date all new tenancies will change to periodic. Tenants will need to provide two months’ notice when leaving a tenancy and the landlord will only be able to evict in certain circumstances.

Step 2:

After the implementation above on new tenancies it will then relate to all existing tenancies.

Strengthening of the section 8 grounds.

A section 8 is a notice whereby the landlord can obtain their property back. The Government feel that there needs to be grounds in which a landlord can obtain their property back. The grounds will be as follows;

Moving into the property.

A section 8 will be served by the landlord if they wish to move back into the property and live at the property not only for them but also for their children or any other family members. The Government will introduce a new ground that allows landlords and their close family members to move into the rental property.

Selling the property.

If the landlord wishes to sell their property, they could have previously relied on the section 21 and ask the tenants to leave. Landlords will be able to make the decision about their investments and the Government states that they should be able to sell their property. They will be encouraged to try and sell it with the tenant first.

Repeated serious arrears.

A landlord can regain control of their property if the tenant has consistently long rental payments.

Landlords have found this difficult in the past to try and evict on this basis, but the Government will strengthen it.

Notice periods and existing rent arrears eviction grounds to increase.

The notice period for existing rent arrears eviction will increase to 4 weeks and the current mandatory threshold of two months arrears of serving a notice and hearing will not change. Therefore, this will not be affected.

Changes to evictions for anti-social behaviour.

For criminal or serious anti-social behaviour notice periods will be lowered to two weeks in most cases.

The Government have also laid out area which we will not include at this moment in time. But at a later date for improving court proceedings for possessions, applying the decent homes standards for private rented sector. Which will also be included and creating a new private renters ombudsman.

There will also be a introductory property portal to enforce enhancement and improving tenants rights. We will outline all of these at a later date.

Comments.

The new system is not going to suit every landlord, but it might suit others. It might be difficult for landlords especially where tenants give notice in the months that people don’t wish to take property. Such as just before Christmas etc. There is no plan at this moment in time for landlords to be able to increase rents. This is obviously going to be an issue. It may be that we revert to the very old system of the 1970’s where landlords create leases rather than tenancy agreements. Where they advertise the rent of a £1 but the premium is paid ie the full rent upfront of the date the tenants move in. This then allows for it to be a fixed term rather than fluid. The bills are very heavily based on behalf of the tenants. This will be particularly difficult for landlords who have student properties.

As an example:

A student could move in September give notice 3 weeks later to leave and serve the landlord with two months’ notice to this effect. The property would then have to try and be relet in a period when students are not looking.

Our advice now is to seriously consider whether you wish to continue in the student market. Or if you wish to sell. We are opening a sales department and will be contacting you in this regard. If you do want a free valuation, please do not hesitate to let us know.

Obviously, the white paper released by Government is not law and will take some considerable time to go through. Potentially the end of 2023 and beginning of the 2024. It may even be watered down further. However, both the conservative and the labour party are very of a mind that this is the right way to go. We therefore believe the periodic tenancies are likely to change long term.

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Cat Westmacott
Cat Westmacott
17:57 10 Jun 24
Generally helpful for Lettings. As with any company, sometimes need a push for a response, but often easier to speak on the phone than email. Feeling hopeful for the next year’s contract with Harringtons🤞.
Kirsty Turner
Kirsty Turner
20:50 04 Jun 24
Great experience. Everyone is so lovely and helpful over the phone at Harringtons! The best experience we have had with a letting agent in Brighton, none of the other agents in Brighton have been bothered to keep in touch and help us find a property as much as these guys. A special shoutout to the lovely lady who showed me around the flat (Georgie I believe -sorry if I got that wrong), great at answering all my questions and been very lucky in securing the first property we viewed with her (an amazing spacious flat that has everything we need - including nice storage space for our paddleboards!) Looking forward to moving into our seaside home. Thank you!
Shadan B
Shadan B
23:31 30 May 24
Great experience, very helpful staff and friendly. I wish you all the success. Thanks for your care. 💐😊
Rachel Roberts
Rachel Roberts
21:13 30 May 24
Best experience I've had with a letting agent!
Charley Besant
Charley Besant
10:25 30 May 24
So far the process with Harringtons has been amazing. We viewed 3 properties with Georgie and each time she was so informative and kind, she gave us the time we needed in each property to look around, take videos and ask questions about everything. The whole process has been easy so far and I can now happily say we found our property thanks to Georgie and the team at Harringtons.
Ainhoa Negro
Ainhoa Negro
09:15 30 May 24
Georgie at Harringtons Lettings in Brighton has been exceptional throughout my rental process. From the very beginning, her professionalism and friendliness stood out. She provided clear and prompt communication, ensuring all my questions were answered thoroughly. Georgie made the entire experience seamless, from viewing properties to finalizing the paperwork. Her attention to detail and genuine care for my needs made me feel confident and supported. I highly recommend Georgie and Harringtons Lettings to anyone looking for a top-notch rental experience in Brighton.
PRBL1
PRBL1
09:11 30 May 24
Joel Starcross
Joel Starcross
15:22 29 May 24
Beth has been an excellent agent, great communicator and enthusiastic member of the team. Highly recommended!
Jess Pond
Jess Pond
13:16 29 May 24
Had an absolutely awful experience with this company. Told me one thing on the phone and then told me another thing on email. Very mixed messages. Left 7 students homeless by putting the house back on the market with only 24 hour notice. Will never use them again. AVOID!
Roisin Lilley
Roisin Lilley
11:42 24 May 24
I recently had some problems with my previous agent and came to Beth for help! She took over the correspondence for me and sorted everything out for me! I can’t thank her enough for her patience and help!! I’d highly recommend her to other landlords that need help!
Chris Lilley
Chris Lilley
11:26 24 May 24
I’ve been a tenant with Harringtons Lettings for a while, they are great, they always sort out any issues I have quickly and efficiently, Beth in particular is really helpful and I’ll be going to her for my next rental property when I look to move in September!
Georgina Palzeaird
Georgina Palzeaird
11:21 24 May 24
Beth Roberts was a huge help when I needed to switch to a new letting agency. She was friendly and efficient and I’ve always felt I’m in safe hands.
Eliya Halim
Eliya Halim
10:26 24 May 24
Top service
Maryana Atiya
Maryana Atiya
10:20 24 May 24
Rees Harper
Rees Harper
17:53 21 May 24
Lauryn Keller
Lauryn Keller
15:20 03 May 24
Georgie was great on our viewing - super lovely, informative and honest. Thank you!
Sammi Richmond
Sammi Richmond
09:16 24 Apr 24
Well, they just contacted me via email asking for a review for money... so here, I guess.Does 3 stars get me that tenner? Probably not. Nothing terrible to say, but never had any issues with the property really. Don't enjoy that they were willing to pay for reviews though, seems sketchy.UPDATE: As the business has finally replied to my review 6 years later, I thought I would mention that I indeed have the email still as proof. Offer of £10 for a review, and to mention Rachel Erridge in the review. Also a prize of £200 to one lucky winner. The email was sent from the Harrington's admin email address. I can email the proof to whoever requests it.
Jayden Charles-Frempong
Jayden Charles-Frempong
01:20 18 Apr 24
Every interaction I've had so far with Harrington has been positive with workers responding to calls very quickly and addressing any queries efficiently.
severin severinov
severin severinov
10:05 11 Apr 24
It is very good that they do their job professionally and take care of the customers.
kate quick
kate quick
13:15 09 Apr 24
I am very happy and extremely grateful to have found Harringtons lettings and the beautiful flat that I am now living in. Not only is the flat perfect for me, ticks all the boxes and is in a great location; the whole communication/admin process was so fast and efficient. I spoke to many of the team, but the two main contacts initially were Georgie and Beth. Great personalities, friendly and fast at replying to emails and phone calls. It was all turned around very quickly and everyone at Harringtons seems to appear to really be happy in their jobs. Great letting agent and I would recommend them to others looking for a new home.
Michael Hollamby
Michael Hollamby
12:32 09 Apr 24
Having worked with many many lettings it has been refreshing to deal with such a dynamic and energetic team. From start to finish the team have outstanding. Special mention to Beth who has been fantastic. I can thoroughly recommend using Harringtons.
Celyn James
Celyn James
17:08 27 Mar 24
Great experience, Georgie was so knowledgeable and kind with any enquiries I had. Really put me at ease while house hunting, amazing service thank you so much!!
Madison Harris
Madison Harris
14:29 27 Mar 24
Georgie was so helpful and really kind very appreciative x
Amber-Rose Cook
Amber-Rose Cook
08:58 22 Mar 24
easy to use and navigate as a first time user
Buffy Vaughn
Buffy Vaughn
18:06 21 Mar 24
Harringtons have been so helpful so far. Everyone we’ve spoken to on the phone including Georgie have been so warm and receptive and easy to communicate with. As a couple renting together for first time me & Danny couldn’t have found better people to help us out, they’re clear and concise. We discovered them through Rightmove and would highly recommend anyone to use their services to rent with.Thanks guys!Buffy & Danny
Sajan Raja
Sajan Raja
01:48 21 Mar 24
Kerryn Johnson
Kerryn Johnson
16:58 18 Mar 24
Georgie was absolutely amazing! Very helpful, easy to talk to and all in all an absolute sweetheart. Made the process of renting and finding a property less stressful. Always happy to help and lovely to chat to!Thank you again for everything!
Julia Reinstein
Julia Reinstein
11:22 18 Mar 24
5/5 - Everyone I’ve spoken to on the phone has been so friendly and patient with our move in documents. We found Harringtons through Rightmove, and have been really happy with our interactions. The team respond to queries efficiently and are happy to answer any and all questions.
Andrew Brown
Andrew Brown
07:09 15 Mar 24
A really excellent agency, who are very easy and friendly to deal with. Highly recommended.
Rob Rainbird
Rob Rainbird
18:04 13 Mar 24
Lovely staff and all round positive experience - Georgie is an absolute diamond and a credit to the team!
Tori Tor
Tori Tor
11:15 08 Mar 24
Harringtons have been really helpful and very swift with their responses. Georgie was very proffesional and really friendly when she did the viewings with me and Beth on the phone was again really helpful and gave me hope when I was explaining my eagerness to find somewhere new to live. Thanks Harringtons!
christos papanicolaou
christos papanicolaou
09:33 07 Mar 24
Staff were brilliant. Very helpful
Yasmin Bright
Yasmin Bright
20:54 01 Mar 24
I'm in a difficult situation at the moment with my landlord wanting to sell the flat that myself and my 3 children have been living in for 7 years. I came across Harringtons Viewings by applying to view some properties outside of my area.Unfortunately I haven't been able to sort anything with Harringtons, however I wanted to write this to say that they have been nothing but kind, warm and very understanding of my situation. I've been really impressed by their customer service (namely Georgie & Beth) and hope that they are able to find me something eventually!Thanks so much.Yasmin
Tegan
Tegan
17:30 22 Feb 24
Have been very accommodating and helpful when calling agents. They have been very helpful in being able to secure a house for students.
TheFlyingCrocodile
TheFlyingCrocodile
16:42 21 Feb 24
Went above and beyond to get things sorted for me
Brittany Stace
Brittany Stace
11:18 24 Jan 24
Harringtons have been incredibly helpful and supportive of us as new renters and they have been super efficient in getting all of the documents sent through and signed in such a short period of time. Thank you!
Georgie Prebble
Georgie Prebble
20:36 05 Jan 24
Jade Innes
Jade Innes
10:24 04 Jan 24
So far the service has been good. The staff are very friendly and quick to respond to any questions and requests.
Polly Smith
Polly Smith
11:17 28 Dec 23
we chose this letting agents as they chose a good bills company that is much cheaper than other agents. When viewing houses the staff were very friendly and have been very helpful in answering our questions and making the process as easy as possible.
Emma Howe
Emma Howe
16:06 14 Nov 23
I would rate Harringtons Lettings a 5/5. Very lovely on the phone and very quick and easy to communicate with via email. Any problems have been resolved in no time at all. So far so good!I found Harringtons via Rightmove.
Akwisitions Feedback
Akwisitions Feedback
16:25 30 Oct 23
Very responsive and super helpful throughout the process. Highly recommended!
Chloe Ballard
Chloe Ballard
17:28 02 Oct 23
Although I have only been renting with Harringtons for a short period of time, I have had nothing but a positive experience. From viewing to admin updates. The admin team especially are very polite and quick to respond and I have no doubt that the rest of my tenancy will run smoothly. I would recommend to anyone considering renting in brighton.
Matthew Ball
Matthew Ball
11:46 19 Sep 23
Professional communication with tenant although entirely impersonal. There was a bigger disconnect in their communication with the landlord in most cases, which seemed to be either slow or non-existent (discovered after contacting the landlord directly).Property was full of spider webs on day 1 despite apparently being professionally cleaned. Took a day off of work to clean it on move out day, leaving it cleaner than when it received but still had to pay part of the deposit for professional cleaning.It has been a while since I have rented, but I'll avoid letting agencies completely now if this is anything close to the average renting experience.
Ronan SK
Ronan SK
12:38 12 Sep 23
Great professionalism/communciation from the start up until the end of my tenancy. Definitely set the standards for what agencies should be like. Highly recommend to those within Brighton.
Daniel Sutton
Daniel Sutton
10:29 24 Aug 23
I have rented with Harringtons Lettings before and have always found the agents to be quick, efficient, friendly and helpful. I loved their service so much I have chosen to rent with Harringtons again. Faultless 😊
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