As you will be aware, RPs are currently in the middle of a four-year regime of annual rent decreases through the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 (the “2016 Act”). Until the recent announcement, the position post-2020 was not clear.

The Government has now confirmed that for five years from April 2020, the annual limit on rent reviews will be the annual change in Consumer Price Index (CPI) plus 1%. This reverts to the position before the 2016 Act and gives welcome certainty to associations regarding business planning.

As rent review time approaches over the next few months, do bear in mind our rent-review letter-checking service. For a fixed fee we will review your organisation’s standard rent (and service charge) review letters and enclosures to ensure they are compliant with the legislation, provisions of the relevant tenancy agreements, and regulatory guidance.

For more information

For more information generally about rents or our rent-review service, please contact Jonathan Cox.

The spread of necrotising fasciitis
The spread of necrotising fasciitis

Necrotising Fasciitis, more commonly known as the ‘flesh-eating disease’, is a significant medical condition that requires urgent treatment.

Richard Handley Inquest
Richard Handley Inquest

Many of us who have been following the unfolding Inquest, are not surprised that the Coroner found gross and significant failures on the part of those caring for him.

Recovery of fire safety costs from leaseholders
Recovery of fire safety costs from leaseholders

In all the action to remove defective cladding, leaseholders have been the elephant in the room. Whilst social landlords might have adopted a wait and see approach private landlords do not have that luxury.

Transforming Business
Transforming Business

We welcome the Labour Party’s commitment to doubling the size of the co-operative economy. We wholeheartedly support the ambition to grow this vitally important part of the economy.

Converting to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation
Converting to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation

It was first referred to in the Charities Act 2006 (which was subsequently replaced by the Charities Act 2011) but it has finally been announced that charitable companies are able to convert to a charitable incorporated organisation (“CIO”).

Impact of Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill
Impact of Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill

The Private Members Bill Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill 2017-19 now has Government support and was debated at second reading on Friday 19 January 2018.