Aside from the COVID-19 pandemic, a key theme of 2020 has been diversity and inclusivity. This two-part update addresses this theme in detail
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|Change||When in force?||Comment|
|Maximum cash discount now £102,700 for London boroughs and £77,000 for all other regions||21st July 2014||These apply to all current RTB and PRTB applications; landlords must reissue the s125 notice with the new amount as soon as reasonably possible. CPI increases take place on 6th April in each year|
|Cash discount increasing annually by CPI (September’s figures)||21st July 2014|
|Maximum discount for a house increased to 70%||21st July 2014|
|New RTB1 form||4th August 2014||Applies to RTB and PRTB applications|
- The Government has announced plans to change minimum eligibility period from five years public sector tenancy to three. This requires a change to the law. This is expected to be in place in late 2014, subject to Parliamentary approval.
- Moving forward, the transition rules won’t apply to new applications (i.e. when the discount increases next year landlords must not issue new notices).
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 Unless a tenant has informed the landlord in writing by 11th August 2014
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