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Landlords Beware

Landlords Beware

The Home Office updates Code of Practice ready for 1st February 2016 when Right to Rent comes in.


Buy-to-let investors to challenge tax hike in court

Buy-to-let investors to challenge tax hike in court

Landlords are clubbing together to fight the Tory's tax hike – and they have appointed Cherie Blair's law firm to help them


The EMPO Messenger (December 2015)

The EMPO Messenger (December 2015)

Stamp Duty surcharge will cost landlords 11 months of rental income


Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015- EMPO Messenger (Nov 2015)

Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015- EMPO Messenger (Nov 2015)

“Small landlords will feel let down, however. Three-quarters of them voted for the government and today’s announcement, coming off the back of the changes to mortgage interest relief, creates a very negative climate towards the small investor. In any case, SDLT will tend to be figured into the purchase price of homes, and the end result may actually be harmful to homeowners trying to move up the housing ladder, as prospective investors will be fewer in number and will seek to pay less.”


Mandatory licensing of HMOs to be extended

Mandatory licensing of HMOs to be extended

From next year, all HMOs in England with five or more sharers will be caught by the mandatory licensing regime.


The Heat Network (Metering and Billing Regulations) 2014. – UPDATE

The Heat Network (Metering and Billing  Regulations) 2014. – UPDATE

Due to recent changes and updates in the above regulations EMPO can now clarify the responsibilities of HMO landlords in terms of meeting their obligations under these regulations.


Right to Rent will be extended across England- 1st February 2016- EMPO Messenger (Oct 2015)

Right to Rent will be extended across England- 1st February 2016- EMPO Messenger (Oct 2015)

This week the Home Office published its evaluation of the Right to Rent pilot scheme. Right to Rent is one part of the government’s ongoing reforms to the immigration system to make it harder for people to live in the UK illegally.


The Housing & Planning Bill 2015

The Housing & Planning Bill 2015

The Housing Bill was published this week and includes further measures intended to tackle rogue landlords and letting agents. ‘Highlights’ include: banning orders for rogue landlords and letting agents; a database of rogue landlords and letting agents; extension of rent repayment orders; greater data sharing (eg councils can access tenancy deposit scheme info); civil penalty scheme; a tougher fit and proper person test; and new abandonment process. It also makes clear that councils can use data collected for council tax registration for enforcement purposes.


'How to Rent Guide'- October 2015 edition

'How to Rent Guide'- October 2015 edition

EMPO has received the updated October edition of the ‘How to Rent Guide.’ As a landlord you have a legal duty to issue this guide to tenants at the commencement of a new fixed term tenancy agreement.


Possession Notices, HMO Additional Licensing & the Courts - EMPO Messenger September 2015

Possession Notices, HMO Additional Licensing & the Courts   - EMPO Messenger September 2015

The confusion is probably not being helped by the fact that it is taking up to 18 months after HMO application for the council to inspect and issue a HMO license.