Tag: rent

Citizens Advice: help for renters worried about eviction

The ban on evictions comes to an end this weekend, and Citizens Advice suggests its new figures show concern is building amongst renters about the possibility of losing their home.

Amy Hughes, housing expert at Citizens Advice, shares the top five ‘need-to-knows’ for renters* in England worried about staying in their home.

1. Find out where you are in the process
2. If you haven’t received notice yet but are worried about eviction
3. If you’ve received a notice
4. If your notice is expiring and you’re due to go to court
5. If you’ve had a possession order and are facing eviction

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COVID-19: Temporary changes to right to rent and right to work checks

Effective immediately, the temporary changes will mean the Home Office will not require landlords and employers to see original documents and will allow checks to be undertaken over video calls.

These temporary changes will mean that during the coronavirus outbreak prospective renters and workers are now able to submit scanned documents, rather than originals, to show they have a right to rent or right to work.

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New law protects tenants from unfair letting fees

Tenant Fees Act puts a stop to unnecessary, costly fees imposed on tenants by landlords or letting agents
New Act bans unfair letting fees and caps tenancy deposits at 5 weeks’ rent, with ban on fees to take effect from 1 June 2019
Measures expected to save renters at least £240 million a year – or up to £70 per household

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2.4 million households in England only shown tenancy agreement after putting down money

Extra fees only explained after deposit was paid
More than half of renters had only been shown their tenancy agreement after they’d put down money on the property,

A Citizens Advice survey found that more than one-in-three tenants were only told about additional fees that could be charged during their tenancy after putting down money.

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