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The Government introduced legislation to both the private and social rented sectors in England on Saturday 29 August 2020, meaning landlords must now provide tenants with six months’ notice seeking possession of their property, under the Coronavirus Act 2020, until March 2021, except in the most serious cases, such as anti-social behaviour four weeks’ notice instead of six months; domestic violence (two weeks’ notice); rent arrears over six months (four weeks’ notice); and tenancies gained through fraud (two weeks’ notice). Also, where the grounds for eviction relate to the tenant’s immigration status or the tenancy is an assured tenancy and possession is sought following the death of the former tenant, it will be three months’ notice.
The validity of a Section 21 Notice has been extended from 6 to 10 months to accommodate this change.
It is important to note: notices served on and before 28 August 2020 are not affected by the above changes, and must be at least three months.
In addition, should you have to apply to the courts for possession of your property, new court rules have been agreed, which will come into force on 20 September 2020 meaning landlords will need to set out in their claim any relevant information about a tenant’s circumstances, including the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. Where this information is not provided, judges will have the ability to adjourn proceedings.
When courts do reopen for eviction proceedings, the 'most egregious cases' will be prioritised, including those where crime is involved or where the landlord has not received rent for a year.
Should you require any additional information or advice please email Monica Basra, our legal expert - [email protected].
We are delighted to have just presented the Royston & Lund Sporting Achievement Award to Emily Hughes at Abbey Road Primary School. At a time when Year 6 pupils have missed out on so much during their last year in primary school, it was a great honour to be able to present the award, bringing some positivity and sharing this fantastic accomplishment!
The deserved winner, Emily, is a great example to us all and it would appear there is not a sport that she doesn’t throw herself in to. The award was made on the school fields on a beautiful sunny day, with everyone at a suitable social distance.
Huge congratulations to Emily from all of us at R&L!
Senior Valuers Graham Sheardown and Steven Gray talk us through what's happening in the local property market and what we can expect for 2020.
If you are thinking of selling, why not arrange a no obligation, FREE market appraisal - https://www.royston-lund.co.uk/sales-valuation
We are glad to hear that the Government is now providing dates for when they will be enforcing mandatory electrical safety checks in the private rented sector. Currently all landlords are made aware that they are responsible for the safety of the electrics within the legal HHSRS (Housing and Safety Rating System) compliance. Bringing this to the forefront of the sector with specific obligations, similar to a landlord gas safety inspection will become clearer for landlords to understand and adhere too.
We are proud to be one of the few agents who have been working with our landlords over the recent years with the majority of the properties managed by our agency already having satisfactory EICR reports, with our agency policy of insisting on these upon re-letting.
Electrical safety checks will have to be carried out in all private rental properties in England, according to Regulations now laid in Parliament. The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 look set to become law from April 1 this year, initially applying to all new tenancies in England and from 1 April 2021 for existing tenancies.
The new legislation confirms that landlords must ensure every fixed electrical installation is inspected and tested at least every five years by a qualified person. Copies of the report will have to be provided to prospective tenants on request and given to new tenants before they move in. Upon request, the report must be provided to the local housing authority within seven days (it has been mentioned that and any remedial work required must be completed within 28 days, or sooner if specified in the report, this is currently yet to be finalised.)
Enforcement is by the local authority, which can order that work be done. Failure could result in a civil penalty of up to £30,000.
The Regulations require local housing authorities to enforce the rules and they have the power to arrange remedial action. Breaches of the Regulations can result in the local housing authority imposing a penalty of up to £30,000
What is an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)
It is a periodic inspection report on a property’s safety relating to its fixed wiring. This report has also been labelled as the ‘Landlord Safety Test’ or ‘Homebuyers Test’ and should be conducted by a qualified electrician. During an EICR, the consumer unit (or fuse board), wiring and electrical accessories are thoroughly tested and inspected for faults or deviations from the Wiring Standards.
Why do I need an EICR?
The main purpose of an EICR is to check the condition of an installation, detecting and recording any factors that might affect safety.
Faulty and old wiring is one of the main causes of electrical fires in the home but you can reduce the risk of a fire by regularly checking your cables, switches and sockets, to check their condition.
Can Royston & Lund help you?
We are totally committed to providing the best possible service, which was reflected at the prestigious ESTA awards when were recognised for this and won ‘Best Estate Agent in the UK 2018’.
We were the top agent in our area for new lettings instructions for 2019 in West Bridgford and surrounding area (as recorded by Rightmove.co.uk).*
With our core principles being honesty, integrity and professionalism. A traditional and modern approach is adopted to exceed today's customer requirements.
Our ethos of ensuring potential landlords are fully aware of all legal aspects associated with owning a rental property is one of the many reasons why we have the reputation of providing good quality rental accommodation in the Rushcliffe and surrounding areas.
One of our key objectives is to let your property quickly, at the best possible rent and to source good quality tenants who are going to pay on time, look after your property and ultimately provide you with a stress-free let! Our ability to exceed in all three areas relies heavily on all our staff possessing the knowledge, skills and expertise to get the job done and working together as a team.
For your protection we are members of the Association of Residential Lettings Agents, The Property Ombudsman Scheme, The Guild of Property Professionals, and hold Client Money Protection.
*NG2, NG11, NG12
If we can help you with your rental property please do not hesitate to contact us on Tel: 0115 914 1122 or email: [email protected].
We are extremely proud to employ the most experienced and professional group of people in the area, working as a team to provide you with a friendly, effective service.
One of the many reasons why we sold more properties in our area than any other agent.
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Royston & Lund Lettings have retained their 1st place position in letting more properties than any other agent in our area for 2019 having also done so in all of the previous 5 years!
Our team has grown over the year to enable us to continue to provide exceptional customer service to all of our valued landlords and tenants, and we continue to be available 7 days a week to meet, and often exceed your expectations.
We specialise in quality homes for families and professionals within West Bridgford, Gamston, Edwalton and all of the South Nottinghamshire villages.
Please call us on 0115 9141122 to arrange a free, no obligation meeting or valuation to discuss how we can help you with our award winning service.
West Bridgford Office
3 Fountain Court, Gordon Road,
West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 5LN
7 The Square, Keyworth,
Nottingham NG12 5JT
SALES: 0115 981 1888
LETTINGS: 0115 914 1122
PROPERTY MANAGEMENT: 0115 982 4949
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Royston and Lund are independent, award winning Property Specialists with branches in West Bridgford and Keyworth. We are passionate about the service we offer and are proud to employ the most experienced and professional group of people in the area.
Royston & Lund Estate Agents Ltd. Registered in England. Company No: 4239895. Registered Office Address: 3 Fountain Court, Gordon Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 5LN.