The new 'Green Deal' will give tenants the right to ask for their landlord to improve insulation in their home.
The government wants homeowners and landlords to make their homes more energy efficient, but some landlords are ahead of the game.
Under the government’s Green Deal plan, both homeowners and landlords would be encouraged to make their homes more energy efficient. In its forthcoming Energy Bill the government will make it easier for homeowners to go green and will put pressure on landlords to make their properties more energy efficient. I’ve spoken to one private landlord who’s been doing this for several years. And she believes it makes commercial as well as environmental sense.
Protecting your deposit if you rent a house or flat
How can you make sure your rental deposit isn’t taken by an unscrupulous landlord? Make sure you know the rules
If you rent your home from a private landlord on an assured shorthold tenancy (AST), which accounts for the vast majority of rental agreements, any deposit you give upfront must be covered by a protection scheme. This applies to tenancies that started or were renewed after April 2007. Until the beginning of the month this only applied to England and Wales, but from July 2nd Scottish landlords will also have to protect their tenants’ deposits. How do these schemes work and how can you get your money back if there’s a problem?
Squatting is now a criminal offence in England and Wales
Landlords should be able to evict squatters more easily, but some have criticised the law
A new law means that it's now a criminal offence to squat in a residential property. Until now it's been a civil matter and some property owners have complained that it can take a lot of time and expense to evict a squatter. The new law has divided opinion with the National Landlords Association, which represents individual landlords, saying it doesn't go far enough and some housing charities saying that criminalising squatters is the wrong approach. Here’s what the new law says and what it could mean.