Right to Rent scheme breaches human rights law
Rules aimed at preventing illegal immigrants from renting properties are “discriminatory” and breach human rights laws, the High Court has ruled. The “right to rent” scheme, which requires landlords to check the immigration status of tenants, was introduced in England in 2016. Judges said it would be illegal to roll it out in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland without further evaluation (for the full story please click here).
Tenant Fees Ban – June 2019
Tenant Fees Ban comes into force 1st June 2019… Click more information about the Tenant Fees Bill.
Head of Letting, Donna Cheney shares her thoughts and how GFW Letting are preparing for the ban: “GFW Letting agree with most other agents and also our regulatory body, ARLA Propertymark, that this ban is grossly unfair on honest and reputable agents who charge legitimate fees for work that is conducted on behalf of tenants.
Landlords: is Brexit good news?
This week, LandlordToday released figures suggesting that Brexit uncertainty could mean a rise in tenants.
Commenting on the news, Donna Cheney, Head of Lettings, said: “GFW Letting have seen strong rental growth in the financial year 2018/19 to date, with a 25% increase in the number of lets completed in comparison to the same period in the previous year; this is despite the uncertainty across the housing sector due to Brexit. There is always a market for rental properties as a mobile workforce often means Read More
Five minutes with….
In 2017, we relocated to Newcastle City Centre and are thrilled to report that it has been a huge success. Thanks to the big move, we have been looking to expand our team and we are thrilled to have recently recruited an additional Property Manager, Lauren Attle.
What attracted you to the lettings industry?
My family have always enjoyed buying properties from auction, renovating them and then going on to re sell them. This, alongside living in several houses in different locations allowed me to develop a real interest in property.
Letting industry breakthrough
Late last week, it was announced that all letting agents in the UK must, by law, be part of a Government approved Client Money Protection scheme (CMP). The new legislation, which will come into force next year, is a huge coup for the industry, and something we very much welcome.